Providence General Surgery Services

From emergency appendectomies to scheduled hernia repairs, every year thousands of patients throughout Oregon receive top quality surgical care from general surgeons at Providence Health & Services. Patients undergoing surgery at Providence know it is being performed in a setting well-known for providing compassionate, high-quality care.

General surgeons complete extensive training and are equipped to diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of diseases that require surgical care in adults and children. Their training focuses on organs and tissues of the torso (the trunk of the human body).

The expertise of a general surgeon is wide and ranges from exploratory surgery to diagnose what ails you, to the removal or repair of organs and other tissues. Most general surgeons offer laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgical options and many are also certified to use robotic technology. Many also provide services in the Providence Cancer Program.

Common surgeries performed by a general surgeon include:
  • Tumor removal
  • Hernia repair 
  • Breast surgery
  • Exploratory surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery (surgery of the stomach, intestines and appendix)
  • Removal or repair of abdominal organs (such as the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and stomach)
  • Vascular surgery (surgery on arteries or veins) such as aneurysm repair and endarterectomy (removal of plaque from artery walls)
  • Many general surgeons are trained to manage diseases of the colon and rectum, but some complete additional training to specialize only in this area. These are colorectal surgeons and they focus on conditions affecting the colon, rectum and anus.

General surgeons are also trained in trauma, or emergency surgery. They are capable of dealing initially with almost any type of surgical emergency, but are most often called upon to stop internal bleeding, remove a gallbladder or appendix, correct a bowel obstruction or close a perforated lung or intestine.

Having surgery? Register online and save time. 

If you plan to have surgery at any of our hospitals in Oregon, you can preregister online. Using online preregistration allows you to complete the forms in the comfort of your own home, reducing time and stress when you arrive for admission.

Get the best possible care.
To make sure you get the best, safest care possible, we need some important information about you. Before you come to the hospital for surgery, please complete and bring with you a copy of your Personal Medication History form and the Adult Health Status form. If the patient is a child aged 13 years or younger, the parent or guardian should complete the Pediatric Health Status instead of the health summary.

In many circumstances, your surgeon may want you to perform certain tests, visit the Pre-Operative Clinic or take/withhold certain medications before your surgery.  Be sure to talk with your surgeon about your plan of care well in advance of your surgery date. Our Step by Step Guide for Surgery Patients can help you understand more about what needs to be done in preparation for your surgery.

Above all, your health and your safety are important to us and getting the right information helps insure we can provide you with the safest, most effective care. If you are unable to download and print these forms, contact the pre-admission department at the location where you are having surgery. You can find their phone numbers on the Pre-surgery clinic Contact Us page.

More information
To learn more about the procedure you will undergo, follow the link to our Health Information Library. This library contains thousands of references to many treatments we provide here at Providence.

Speak Up!
Everyone has a role in making health care safe. That includes doctors, nurses, many health care staff and technicians but it also includes YOU. Health care organizations all across the country are working to make health care safe. As a patient, you can make your care safer by being an active, involved and informed member of your health care team. Click here to learn how you can be involved in your own health care and how you can help make health care a good experience.

The “Speak Up™” program is sponsored by The Joint Commission to increase patient awareness and involvement and is also supported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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