A general surgeon is a specialist who is trained to manage a broad spectrum of surgical conditions affecting almost any area of the body. The surgeon establishes the diagnosis and provides the preoperative, operative, and post-operative care to patients and is often responsible for the comprehensive management of the trauma victim and the critically ill patient. During at least a five-year educational period after obtaining a medical degree, the surgeon acquires knowledge and technical skills in managing medical conditions that relate to the head and neck, breast, skin, and soft tissues, abdominal wall, extremities, and the gastrointestinal, vascular, and endocrine systems.
General surgeons are trained to treat a wide variety of conditions, which may require surgical interventions. In many cases, surgeons perform routine types of procedures, such as removal of the gallbladder and appendectomies. But there are other instances, where general surgeons perform more complex surgeries involving the endocrine, digestive and vascular systems.
This is surgery performed to treat a wide range of conditions, such as appendicitis. However, general surgery often concentrates on the abdominal area more than any other part of the body.This type of surgeon mainly performs surgery on the abdomen although he/she will operate on the thyroid gland, the breasts and hernias.He or she will carry out a range of operations on abdominal organs such as the stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, colon and oesophagus. He/she may perform surgery on the thyroid gland if a head & neck surgeon is not available and repair hernias as well. Vascular surgery is another option.