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General Surgery

General surgeons treat a wide range of conditions on many parts of the body. Some of the most common procedures treat cancer, remove the gallbladder, repair a hernia or treat problems with the digestive tract.

PeaceHealth’s general surgeons use advanced endoscopic and laparoscopic techniques whenever possible. These minimally invasive methods can result in fewer and smaller incisions less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery. You might also be a candidate for robotic-assisted surgery.

Whether you need complex surgery or a routine procedure, PeaceHealth is here for you. As a patient, you can count on us to go above and beyond in your care. Your general surgery team is by your side every step of the way.

You can find a PeaceHealth surgeon close to home in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Quality that’s recognized nationally

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center’s general surgery program ranks among the highest in the nation. This is for quality experience, excellent results and our commitment to safety. Our surgeons perform an average of 600 laparoscopic gallbladder surgeries (cholecystectomies), 430 hernia operations and more than 400 appendectomies every year.

Advanced treatments you may not find elsewhere

We’re one of only a handful of health systems to offer the complex Whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer. We are one of the few worldwide to perform it using minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques. This means you can receive advanced treatment close to home.

Advanced surgical operating rooms

Using the latest integrated surgical technology, PeaceHealth surgeons can perform a variety of diagnostic tests and procedures, often at the same time. This can lead to better results and safety for you.

Ongoing care after surgery

If you need rehabilitation, physical therapy and physical medicine after surgery, we’re here for you. Whether it’s in the hospital, or after you’re discharged, rehab will help you get stronger and recover.

Personalized, compassionate care

When you have surgery at PeaceHealth, we personalize your treatment plan to fit your individual needs. You’re always at the center of care.

Treatments Provided

Bariatric Surgery (Weight-Loss Surgery)

Our surgeons offer gastric bypass surgery, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and robotic-assisted bariatric surgery to help you lose weight and reach your health goals.

Breast Surgery

Breast surgery treats both cancerous and non-cancerous (benign) conditions of the breast, such as infections and fibroids. Common procedures include lumpectomy and mastectomy.

Cancer Surgery

Our surgeons are skilled in many types of procedures for cancer. These include biopsy, tumor and lymph node removal, laser treatment, radiofrequency (RF) ablation, cryosurgery and other techniques.

Chest and lung surgery (Thoracic surgery)

Thoracic surgeons diagnose and treat lung cancer, lung disease like emphysema and chest wall defects. Minimally invasive approaches include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS).

Colorectal surgery

Conditions affecting the colon (large intestine), rectum and anus include cancer, growths (polyps), diverticulitis, fecal incontinence, bowel obstruction and hemorrhoids. Surgeons resect organs (remove all or diseased parts) and perform complex procedures using few incisions.

Endocrine surgery

General surgeons treat disorders of hormone-related glands such as the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. Procedures include gland removal (called thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy).

Esophageal surgery

Conditions that affect the esophagus include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), swallowing problems from achalasia and Barrett's disease. Surgeons perform minimally invasive endoscopic procedures, such as Heller myotomy and fundoplication. 

Liver, pancreas and GI surgery

Surgeons use advanced, minimally invasive techniques for conditions involving the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, stomach and abdomen. We offer the Whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer and laparoscopic gallbladder surgery (called cholecystectomy).

Skin and soft tissue surgery

From skin cancer to non-cancerous skin conditions such as cysts, lumps (lipomas) and infections, our surgeons offer comprehensive surgical treatments.

Trauma surgery

When a traumatic injury or critical illness occurs, trauma surgeons offer expert surgical care. We treat conditions that result from a car accident, fall or blunt force and treat surgery for those who become critically ill and need life-saving surgery.

Vascular Surgery

Surgeons use advanced techniques to treat many conditions that affect the arteries, veins and lymph vessels. These include peripheral artery disease, aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, deep vein thrombosis and more. 

All General Surgery Locations