What Kind of Surgeon?

Many times your primary care doctor will tell you to see a surgeon. Your doctor will likely tell you what type of surgeon you need to see or you may have to find a surgeon on your own. Or, you may live in a small town that does not have the kind of surgeon that you need to see, or you want to go to another city—so you’ll want to know alternative kinds of surgeons that can also do the surgery. There are many reasons you might need to find an alternative to the kind of surgeon you have been referred to.

To find the best surgeon—ask a nurse! Below is a list of surgeries and the kinds of surgeons that perform them. We hope this list will help you find the right surgeon.

Once you know what type surgeon you need, you can search the web or a local phone book to find one. Also, call your local hospital or the hospital in the city where you want to have the surgery performed and ask for a referral for a surgeon.

A fully trained surgeon is a doctor who has finished medical school and then gone through years of training to learn the special skills of a surgeon. One way to know if a surgeon is competent is to make sure they are certified by a national surgical board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialities. All board-certified surgeons must satisfactorily complete an approved training program and pass a very thorough examination in their specialty. The letters F.A.C.S. (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon’s name are a further sign of a physician’s qualifications.

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Abscess Drainage – General Surgeon
Adhesions, Separate – General Surgeon
Adrenal Gland Removal – General Surgeon
Amniocentesis – OB/GYN
Amputation – General Surgeon, Orthopedic, Vascular
Anal Fissure – General Surgeon, Colorectal
Anal Fistula Repair – General Surgeon, Colorectal
Aneurysm Repair – Neurosurgeon, Vascular
Angioplasty, Coronary – Cardiologist
Aorto-iliac Bypass Graft – General Surgeon, Vascular
Appendectomy – General Surgeon
Arthroplasty, Shoulder – Orthopedic
Arthroscopy, Knee– Orthopedic

Baker’s Cyst Removal – General Surgeon,Orthopedic
Bariatric Surgery (Gastric Bypass) – General Surgeon
Bartholin’s Gland, Abscess Drainage – General Surgeon, OB/GYN
Bladder Removal (Cystectomy) – Urologist
Bone Graft – Orthopedic
Breast Abscess Drainage – General Surgeon, OB/GYN
Breast Augmentation – Plastic/Reconstructive
Breast Biopsy (Excision) – General Surgeon
Breast Biopsy (Needle Aspiration) – General Surgeon
Breast Reconstruction – General Surgeon,Plastic/Reconstructive
Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty) – Plastic/Reconstructive
Bronchoscopy – General Surgeon, Thoracic, Colo-Rectal
Bunion Removal – General Surgeon, Orthopedic, Podiatrist
Cardiac Catheterization/Angiogram – Cardiologist
Carotid Artery Endarterectomy – Cardiovascular, General Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Vascular
Carpal Tunnel Release – General Surgeon, Orthopedic, Plastic/Reconstructive, Neurosurgeon
Cataract Extraction – Ophthalmologist
Cervical Biopsy – General Surgeon, OB/GYN
Cervix, Cryosurgery – General Surgeon, OB/GYN
Cervix, Electrocauterization – General Surgeon, OB/GYN
Cesarean (C- Section) – OB/GYN
Chalazion Removal – Ophthalmologist, Gastrostomy,
Circumcision – General Surgeon, Urologist
Gastrostomy Percutaneous Endoscopic – General Surgeon, Gastroentrologist
Cleft Lip Repair – Plastic/Reconstructive
Cochlear Implant – Otolaryngologist
Colonoscopy – General Surgeon, Colo-Rectal
Colostomy – General Surgeon, Colo-Rectal
Cornea Transplant (keratoplasty) – Ophthalmologist
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft – Cardiovascular
Craniotomy – Neurosurgeon
Culdocentesis – General Surgeon, OB/GYN
Cystoscopy – Urologist
D&C (Dilatation and Curettage) – General Surgeon, OB/GYN
Defibrillator Implant – Cardiovascular, Cardiologist
Disk Removal, Ruptured (laminectomy) – Orthopedic
Ductus Arteriosus Closure – Cardiovascular
Ectropion Repair – Ophthalmologist
Endometrial Biopsy – General Surgeon, OB/GYN
Endovascular Surgery – Cardiovascular, General Surgeon, Neurosurgeon,
Entropion Repair – Ophthalmologist,
Laparoscopy – General, OB/GYN, Gastroenterologist
Episiotomy – OB/GYN
Esophagectomy – General Surgeon, Thoracic
Face Lift & Blepharoplasty – Plastic/Reconstructive
Fibroid Tumor Removal – General Surgeon, OB/GYN
Fracture Repair (reduction) – General Surgeon, Orthopedic
Gallbladder Removal (cholecystectomy) – General Surgeon
Gastroenterostomy – General Surgeon
Gastrostomy – General Surgeon
Gastrostomy Percutaneous Endoscopic – General Surgeon
Hair Transplant – Plastic/Reconstructive
Hammertoe Correction – Orthopedic
Heart Transplant – Cardiovascular
Heart Valve Replacement – Cardiovascular
Heart-Lung Transplant – Cardiovascular, Thoracic
Heel Spur Removal – General Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon, Podiatrist
Hemorrhoid Banding – General Surgeon, Colo-Rectal
Rectal or Colon Polyp Removal – Colo-Rectal
Hemorroidectomy – General Surgeon, Colo-Rectal
Hernia Repair, Femoral – General Surgeon,Urologist
Hernia Repair, Hiatal – General Surgeon
Hernia Repair, Incisional – General Surgeon
Hernia Repair, Inguinal – General Surgeon, Urologist
Hernia Repair, Umbilical – General Surgeon
Hip Nailing for Hip Fracture – General Surgeon,Orthopedic
Hip Replacement, Total – Orthopedic
Hydrocelectomy – General Surgeon, Urologist
Hypospadias Repair – Urologist
Hysterectomy with Oophorectomy – General Surgeon, OB/GYN
Ileostomy – General Surgeon
Kidney Removal – General Surgeon, Urologist
Kidney Stone Removal – General Surgeon, Urologist
Kidney Transplant – General Surgeon, Urologist
Knee Arthroscopy – Orthopedic
Knee Replacement – Orthopedic
Laceration Repair – General Surgeon, Orthopedic, Plastic/Reconstructive
Laparoscopy – General Surgeon, OB/GYN
Laparotomy – General Surgeon, OB/GYN
Laryngoscopy – Otolaryngologist
Larynx Removal (Laryngectomy) – Otolaryngologist
Lipoma Removal – General Surgeon, Plastic/Reconstructive
Liposuction – Plastic/Reconstructive
Lithotripsy Urologist
Liver Resection – General Surgeon, Vascular
Liver Transplant – General Surgeon
Lumber Spinal Fusion – Orthopedic Surgeon
Lung Resection (lobectomy; pneumonectomy) – Thoracic
Lymphadenectomy – Vascular Surgeon
Mastectomy – General Surgeon
Mastectomy (Partial, lumpectomy) – General Surgeon
Melanoma Removal – General Surgeon, Plastic/Reconstructive
Meniscectomy – Orthopedic
Morton’s Neuroma Removal – Orthopedic, Podiatrist
Myringotomy – Otolaryngologist
Nail Removal – General Surgeon,Podiatrist
Nasal Polyps Removal – Otolaryngologist
Neck, Radical Disection – General Surgeon, Otolaryngologist
Nephrostomy, Percutaneous– General Surgeon, Urologist
Otoplasty – Plastic/Reconstructive, Otolaryngologist
Ovarian Cyst – General Surgeon, OB/GYN
Pacemaker Implant – Cardiovascular
Pancreas Transplant – General Surgeon
Parathyroidectomy – General Surgeon
Penectomy – Urologist
Penile Implant – Urologist
Peptic Ulcer Surgery – General Surgeon
Pericardiocentesis – Thoracic
Pilonidal Cyst Removal – General Surgeon, Colorectal
Popliteal Artery Embolectomy – General Surgeon, Vascular
Prostate Gland Removal – Urologist
Pterygium Excision – Ophthalmologist
Rectal or Colon Polyp Removal – General Surgeon
Rectovaginal Fistula Repair – General Surgeon, OB/GYN, Colorectal
Retinal Detachment Repair – Ophthalmologist
Rhinoplasty & Septoplasty – Plastic/Reconstructive, Otolaryngologist
Rotator Cuff Tear – Orthopedic
Salivary Gland Tumor Removal – General Surgeon, Otolaryngologist
Sebaceous Cyst Removal – General Surgeon
Sentinel Node Biopsy – General Surgeon
Sigmoid Colon Removal – General Surgeon
Shoulder Replacement– Orthopedic Surgeon
Skin Graft – General Surgeon, Plastic/Reconstructive
Skin Lesion Removal – General Surgeon,Plastic/Reconstructive
Small Bowel Resection – General Surgeon
Spinal Tap (lumbar puncture) – General Surgeon, Neurosurgeon
Spleen Removal – General Surgeon
Stapes Removal – Otolaryngologist
Stomach Cancer Surgery – General Surgeon
Strabismus Surgery – Ophthalmologist
Stress Incontinence Surgery – Urologist
Sympathectomy – General Surgeon, Neurosurgeon
Tear Duct Opening – Opthalmologist
Tendon Repair – General Surgeon, Orthopedic
Testicle Fixation – General Surgeon, Urologist
Testicle Removal – General Surgeon, Urologist
Thyroglossal Duct & Cyst Removal – General Surgeon, Otolaryngologist
Thyroid Gland Removal – General Surgeon
Tongue, Cheek or Gum Biopsy – General Surgeon, Otolaryngologist
Tonsil & Ademoid Removal – General Surgeon, Otolaryngologist
Tracheostomy – General Surgeon, Otolaryngologist
Tubal Ligation – General Surgeon, Colorectal
Tummy Tuck – Plastic/Reconstructive
Tympanoplasty – Otolaryngologist
Urethral Caruncle Removal – Colorectal, Urologist
Vagotomy – General Surgeon
Varicocele Removal – General Surgeon, Urologist
Varicose Vein Removal – Plastic/Reconstructive, Vascular
Varicose Vein Sclerotherapy – General Surgeon,Plastic/Reconstructive
Vasectomy – General Surgeon, Urologist
Vasectomy Reversal – Urologist
Vasicovaginal Fistula Repair – Urologist General Surgeon, Proctologist, Urologist
Vitrectomy – Ophthalmologist