General surgery

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General surgery - a surgical specialty that focuses on surgical management of diseases of the abdominal organs.

General Surgery[edit | edit source]

General Surgery is a branch of medicine that focuses on surgical procedures involving the abdominal organs, including the esophagus, stomach, colon, liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts, as well as the thyroid gland and hernias. General surgeons are trained to manage a broad spectrum of diseases and injuries in almost any area of the body that requires surgery.

Scope of General Surgery[edit | edit source]

General Surgery traditionally involves techniques such as:

Subspecialties[edit | edit source]

The field of General Surgery includes several subspecialties, such as:

  • Trauma surgery: Focuses on surgical treatment of injuries, often life-threatening, that require immediate attention.
  • Laparoscopic surgery: Specializing in minimally invasive procedures within the abdomen.
  • Colorectal surgery: Concentrates on disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus.
  • Breast surgery: Encompasses both benign and malignant diseases of the breast.
  • Vascular surgery: Specializes in diseases of the vascular system, or arteries and veins.

Diagnostic and Preoperative Management[edit | edit source]

General surgeons perform comprehensive preoperative, operative, and postoperative care, including the management of complications. They often work closely with other specialists to provide comprehensive patient care.

Training and Certification[edit | edit source]

To become a general surgeon, one must complete a five-year residency in general surgery after medical school. Board certification by the American Board of Surgery is achieved after passing rigorous examinations post-residency.

Surgical Procedures[edit | edit source]

Common procedures performed by general surgeons include:

  • Appendectomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Hernia repair
  • Mastectomy
  • Partial colectomy

Challenges and Advancements[edit | edit source]

General Surgery is a constantly evolving field, with ongoing advancements in techniques, technology, and patient care. Surgeons must stay updated with these changes to provide the best outcomes for their patients.

Conditions treated[edit | edit source]

Common general surgery procedures[edit | edit source]

General surgery journals[edit | edit source]

General surgeons such as General surgery keep themselves updated with the latest in the field of general surgery by following some of the following peer reviewed academic journals:

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List of General Surgeons (USA)[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

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