General Surgery

What is general surgery?

"General surgery" according to the American College of Surgeons is a discipline of surgery having a central core of knowledge embracing anatomy, physiology, metabolism, immunology, nutrition, pathology, wound health, shock and resuscitation, intensive care, and neoplasia, which are common surgical specialties. 

What is a general surgeon?

The American College of Surgeons continues to state a general surgeon has specialized knowledge and experience related to the diagnosis, preoperative, operative, and postoperative management, including the management of complications, in nine primary components of surgery.  The American Board of Surgery says general surgeons are trained to operate on the:

  • Alimentary tract (esophagus and related organs)

  • Abdomen and its contents

  • Breast, skin, and soft tissue

  • Endocrine system

What surgeries/procedures do general surgeons perform?

Our Providers

Amy Hynek McFarland, DO, FACOS

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Specialty Clinic

First Floor Medical Arts Plaza

1700 W. Townline St

Creston, IA 50801



8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

  • Appendectomy

  • Breast Biopsy

  • Cesarean Section

  • Cholecystectomy (surgery to remove the gallbladder)

  • Colonoscopies 

  • Debridement of wound, burn, or infection

  • Endoscopy 

  • Hemorrhoidectomy

  • Hysterectomy

  • Hernia Repairs 

  • Infusa-port 

  • Mastectomy

  • Partial colectomy

  • Skin Lesion excision 

What kind of care can I expect from the general surgeons at Greater Regional?

When you make an appointment with our general surgeons, Dr. Heather Osterbrink or Dr. Amy Hynek McFarland, their philosophy of care stands out. 

Meet our Providers


Amy Hynek McFarland,

Meet Dr. Hynek

My impact on my patients is that I want to be able to provide them with reassurance.