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 broad 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 certified to use robotic technology, such as the da Vinci Surgical System. Many also provide services in the Providence Cancer Center


Common surgeries performed by a general surgeon include:
  • Tumor removal
  • Hernia repair
  • Breast surgery
  • Exploratory surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery (of the digestive tract including stomach, intestines and appendix)
  • Removal or repair of abdominal organs (such as the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and stomach)
  • Vascular surgery (on arteries or veins) such as aneurysm repair and endarterectomy (removal of plaque from artery walls)
  • Skin surgery
  • Colon, rectum and anus surgery, often performed by a surgeon with additional training.

General surgeons coordinate with your primary care provider to deliver the best care possible. They also work closely with anesthesiologists who administer the appropriate sedation in a hospital or outpatient setting.