General Surgery is a discipline that requires knowledge of and familiarity with a broad spectrum of diseases that may require surgical treatment.
General Surgery comprises, but is not limited to, the performance of operations and procedures (including endoscopies) relevant to the content areas listed below:
Alimentary Tract: Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine, Colon, Gallbladder, and Appendix
Abdomen and its Contents: Liver, Spleen, Pancreas, Diaphragm, Hernias, etc
Breast, Skin and Soft Tissue
Endocrine System: Thyroid Gland, Adrenal Gland, Salivary Glands, and Pancreas
Pediatric and Critical Care Surgery
Surgical Oncology: Cancer Care including Breast, Colon, Lung, Stomach, Pancreas, Melanoma and other skin, Thyroid, etc)
Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Burn Care
Thoracic/Vascular Surgery: Aorta, Carotid, Peripheral Arteries, Veins, Vascular Access, Dialysis Vascular Access, Amputations, Thoracoscopy, Pacemaker Placement, Vena Cava Filter Placement, Noninvasive Vascular Testing and Interpretation, Angioplasty and Stenting
Endoscopy: UGI Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy, ERCP, Pillcam Small Bowel Studies, Ph Studies, etc. Therapeutic Endoscopy including stents, dilation, control of GI bleeding, removal foreign bodies GI tract, etc.
Wound Care: Acute and Chronic
Office Surgery: Skin and Soft Tissue Lesions, Varicose Vein Treatment, Abscess Drainage, Wound Care, etc.
Additional knowledge and experience of General Surgeons in the above areas includes:
The General Surgeon also has knowledge and skills in the management and team-based interdisciplinary care of the following specific patient groups:
In addition, the General Surgeon, is able to recognize and provide early management and appropriate referral for urgent and emergent problems in the surgical fields of:
For additional information about general surgery, visit the Amerian College of Surgeons.