General surgery: Connecting you to the care you need

When you need surgery, the general surgeons at UW Health provide advanced and minimally invasive surgical procedures. Together with your doctors, we create a surgery and recovery plan that gets you back to your regular activities quickly, with as little pain as possible.

Our programs

Essential surgical services

Whether your procedure is scheduled or unexpected, you get access to the highest level of care. Our surgical suites and post-operative intensive care facilities are equipped to handle all surgical emergencies and care needs. We provide surgical care for common, chronic and emergency conditions through our specialty programs and clinics.

We provide surgical procedures for breast cancer and noncancerous breast conditions.

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Our team treats benign and malignant conditions of the colon and rectum.

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We use a team approach to care for thyroid and other endocrine conditions that need surgery.

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Our microvascular plastic surgeons specialize in returning blood flow to wounds and blocked vessels in the legs and feet.

Our pediatric specialists use the most advanced surgical techniques to care for children, from newborns to teens.

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We help you lose weight safely. Our team provides the latest bariatric surgery to help restore your health.

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Our Level I Trauma Center provides 24/7 access to the highest level of emergency care when you need surgery after an accident or injury.

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We provide minimally invasive, laparoscopic and robot-assisted procedures to treat everything from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) to tumors.

Improving surgical care through research

UW Health surgeons work to improve surgical care for you. We want to ensure that when you need surgery for cancer or other conditions, your treatment provides the best chance for recovery with as little pain as possible.

We also teach future doctors how to create and study innovations in surgical oncology, diabetes, digestive and kidney diseases. Learn more


Specialized surgical care for common conditions

UW Health specialists evaluate and treat a wide range of conditions that may require general surgery. These include:

  • Achalasia

  • Appendicitis

  • Burns

  • Colon and rectal conditions

  • Conn’s disease

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Cushing’s syndrome

  • Endocrine conditions

  • Fecal incontinence/accidental bowel leakage

  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)

  • Gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors

  • Gastroparesis

  • Hernia

  • Hyperparathyroidism

  • Limb ischemia

  • Noncancerous breast conditions

  • Obesity

  • Pheochromocytoma

  • Thoraco-abdominal aneurysms

  • Ulcerative colitis

Safe, technologically advanced surgical treatments

  • Axillary lymph node dissection

  • Breast-conserving surgery

  • Mastectomy

  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy

  • Skin grafting

  • Skin excision

  • Wound care

  • Colon and rectal surgery

  • Ileal pouch reconstruction

  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy

  • Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy

  • Parathyroid surgery

  • Radioguided parathyroidectomy

  • Thyroid surgery

  • Radioactive iodine

  • Esophageal and gastric surgery

  • Enterra therapy program

  • Laparoscopic Heller myotomy

  • Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication

  • Laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair

  • LINX reflux management system

  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy

  • Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM)

  • Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF)

We use minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible. This reduces your pain and shortens your hospital stay. You also recover faster. Procedures include laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgeries.

  • Chest wall stabilization

  • Exploratory laparotomy

  • Emergency thoracotomy

  • Resuscitation


Care close to home

We offer specialized clinics at UW Health hospitals and outpatient centers in Wisconsin in Madison, Green Bay, Oshkosh and La Crosse, as well as in Rockford, Ill.

Meet our team

An expert team by your side

The general surgery team at UW Health includes experts in many areas, including bariatric, breast, burn, colorectal, critical care, endocrine, general, liver and pancreas, minimally invasive, pediatric and trauma surgeries.

Breast surgery
Burn and wound surgery
Colorectal surgery
Surgical critical care
Endocrine surgery
General surgery
Minimally invasive foregut surgery
Surgical oncology
Trauma surgery