You’ll be seen by a general surgeon if you have a condition that doesn’t require a specialist. General surgeons cover a broad spectrum of diseases and will work with you to diagnose, treat, and manage your health. Sometimes you may see a general surgeon and not even need surgery.
However, if you do need non-specialized surgery, you’ll work with a general surgeon for the entire process including preoperative, operative, and postoperative. If you ever need emergency surgical treatment, you may also be under the care of a general surgeon.