General Surgery

What is a general surgeon?

A general surgeon is a physician who has been trained to understand diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, skin and breast. They are trained in the use of surgery as a course of treatment.

Why would I see a general surgeon?

You may see a general surgeon for multiple reasons that occur in the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, skin or breast.

What does a general surgeon treat?

A general surgeon can treat a wide variety of conditions and diseases.  Listed below are just some of the conditions you might see a general surgeon for:

  • Abdominal trauma
  • Appendicitis – inflammation of the appendix
  • Bowel obstruction – blockage in the bowel
  • Breast cancer
  • Cholecystitis – inflammation of the gallbladder
  • Cholelithiasis – stones in the gallbladder
  • Colon cancer
  • Diverticulitis – inflammation of small sacs found in the bowel
  • Diverticulosis – small sacs found in the bowel
  • Hernias – umbilical, hiatal, inguinal, femoral and incisional
  • Pancreatic cancers
  • Stomach cancer

What technologies do general surgeons use?

Parkview’s general surgeons are specialized in a wide variety of procedures using the latest technology. Our goal is to help patients to recover faster, have less pain and get back to their lives more quickly.   We conduct minimally invasive surgeries using the daVinci© robot.

What procedures do general surgeons perform?

  • Appendectomy – removal of appendix
  • Breast biopsy
  • Bowel resection – removal of part of the bowel
  • Cholecystectomy – remove gallbladder
  • Colectomy – removal of large intestine
  • Esophagectomy – removal of part or all of the esophagus
  • Gastrectomy – removal of the stomach
  • Hernia repairs
  • Inguinal – a condition where fat or intestinal tissue push through the inguinal canal in the groin area
  • Umbilical – a condition where fat, intestines, or fluid pushes through the area around the belly button
  • Incisional – a condition where fat, intestines, or other abdominal tissues pushes through a weakness in the abdomen caused by an incision
  • Hiatal – a condition where part of the stomach pushes through into the chest cavity
  • Lipoma excision – removal of a fatty lump that usually grows between your skin and muscle
  • Liver resection – removal of part of the liver
  • Lumpectomy – a surgery to remove cancer from the breast; also known as breast conserving surgery
  • Mastectomy – removal of the breast
  • Melanoma removal – skin cancer removal
  • Pancreacticoduodenectomy – removal of pancreas and part of the small intestine called the duodenum
  • Port placement – a medical device that is surgically implanted below the skin used for long term IV therapies
  • Splenectomy – removal of the spleen

Do I need a referral from a family practice physician to see a general surgeon?

Many insurance companies do not require a referral to see a general surgeon. However it is always better to check with your insurance company if you have questions. 

How do I make an appointment to see a general surgeon?

To make an appointment to see one of Parkview’s general surgeons please call (260) 484-9611.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

  • Insurance card
  • Driver’s license or other state/federally issued identification
  • A list of your medications
  • Any paper work that was sent to you before your appointment 

What can I expect during my first appointment?

The surgeon will ask you many questions about:

  • Symptoms
  • Past or recent illnesses
  • Past surgeries

The surgeon may do a physical exam, depending on your symptoms and illness.