A general surgery doctor should be sought outwhen a primary physician recommends it. This usually occurs when a medical issue arises where surgery is needed.
Sometimes, a medical emergency will arise in which surgery is needed right away. When this occurs, a regular or emergency room doctor will locate a surgeon for the patient.
General surgery doctors treat a variety of conditions, including appendicitis, hernias and emergency surgeries, according to Cleveland Clinic. For more complicated medical conditions, a specialist such as a vascular surgeon may be required in order to perform the surgery.
After a patient is referred to a surgeon, the surgeon will meet with the patient and review the results of any tests performed. The surgeon may also order additional tests, such as blood work or x-rays. They will then gather information about the patient and determine whether surgery is needed. If the surgeon does decide to go forward, they will let the patient know the details of the surgery and what to expect after the surgery is over. They will also instruct the patient how to prepare for the surgery. In emergency situations, the surgeon may skip extra tests and the informational portion of a meeting, especially if the patient's life is at risk.