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LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Wilford Hall Medical Center surgeons perform a laparoscopic appendectomy on a basic trainee while Dr. Delio Ortega (left), a general surgery resident, points out which direction the surgeons need to move inside the patient's abdomen.  (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Ben Silva)

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The General Surgery Clinic at DGMC provides surgical and nonsurgical therapeutic interventions and diagnostic studies to all age groups.

 - General Surgery
 - Plastic Surgery
 - Colorectal Surgery
 - Cardiothoracic Surgery
 - Surgical Oncology 
 - Trauma/Critical Care
 - Vascular Surgery
 - Bariatric surgery

Each service is an established clinic with assigned credentialed staff surgeons. Due to our support for worldwide military operations, services may be limited in which case patients are referred to appropriate levels of care within the hospital or in the civilian community.

The General Surgery Clinic provides support to the four main patient care clinics: Primary Care Clinic, Internal Medicine Clinic, Family Practice Clinic, and Flight Medicine Clinic. Patients are referred to our services after their Primary Care Manager team has seen them and have determined if their condition warrants treatment or a surgeon's review.

DGMC's Pre-Op Clinic, Anesthesia services, Operating Room department, Inpatient and Outpatient surgical ward teams, along with on-site Pharmacy, Diagnostic and Therapuetic capabilities all work together to provide our surgical patients state of the art care making sure the patient's multi-disciplinary needs are met.

Clinical Services:
- Endoscopy: Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, and Colonoscopy
- Minor surgery
- Non-invasive vascular studies
- Ostomy and wound care

Scheduling Appointments: All initial appointments are booked through DGMC's Referral Management Office after a consult has been electronically placed by the patient's Primary Care Manager. All follow-up appointments can be made directly at the General Surgery Clinic's front desk, or patients may call (707) 423-5224.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to appointment. We follow DGMC's "No-Show" policy and reserve the right to cancel a patient's appointment if they are greater than 15 minutes late from their appointment time.

Appointment Lines: Contact DGMC's Referral Management Office at (707) 423-7641 (press Option "1", followed by Option "2")

During off-duty hours, telephone lines are available 24-hours a day to provide uninterrupted telephone instructions on processes to follow in case of emergencies.

Urgent/Emergency consultations are responded to through DGMC's Emergency Department, which has a list of all on-call providers.