General Surgeon – What they Do and When to Visit?
Overview and Definition
General Surgery is a specialty where surgeons perform general surgery procedures for a wide range of common ailments. They are also responsible for patient care before, during, and after the surgery. General surgeons can diagnose and surgically treat numerous diseases, especially those related to the abdominal organs. These include liver, pancreas, bile ducts, spleen, appendix, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and stomach.
With so many general surgery subspecialties, people often get confused with general surgery and other specialties like cardiovascular or oncology. The main difference is the kind of knowledge imparted to the general surgeons during their training. While general surgeons receive core knowledge during their postgraduate training and, after that anything that requires a more comprehensive approach is passed on to a specific surgeon or specialist during their superspeciality course training.
Scope of General Surgery
These surgeons are trained to perform general surgery procedures on the following:-
In addition, general surgeons also possess knowledge and experience in the field of:
Despite being general surgeons, they possess extensive knowledge and skill. They typically perform general surgery procedures on common abdominal complaints including hernias, gall bladder stones, appendicitis, stomach issues, obesity and intestinal issues. But the focus of general surgery is not just on the abdomen as a general surgeon may specialize in any type of surgery with the likes of heart surgeries or cancer treatment also included in the list.
Who is a General Surgeon?
A general surgeon is a specialist doctor who has received education and training in preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of patient care. General surgeons need to be equipped with all sorts of information related to emergencies, intensive care, anatomy, metabolism, immunology, nutrition, pathology, physiology, shock & resuscitation and wound healing.
When to See a General Surgeon?
You may visit a general surgeon if:-
What are the diseases treated by a General Surgeon?
Common Procedures Performed by General Surgeons
The Road Down General Surgery
The road is rather rocky and long, but in the end, it’s totally worth the effort. Doctors have to spend five & a half years to achieve an MBBS degree from a medical college followed by another three years in post-graduation in general surgery. Furthermore, to enhance their skills, doctors also pursue certain fellowships courses in Minimal Access Surgery, Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, or Endoscopic Hernia Surgery.
Dr. Divaanshu Gupta
Dr. Divaanshu Gupta is a cardiac anaesthesiologist in Manipal Hospital, Jaipur. He has done his M.B.B.S. as well as M.D. Anaesthesia from S.M.S. Medical College. He has a vast experience of working in various critical care units of government as well as corporate hospitals.