General Surgery

General Surgery can be broken down into four major divisions: Colorectal Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Surgical Oncology and Vascular Surgery. General Surgery can also include the Trauma Unit, the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, the Transplant Unit and the Surgical Gastrointestinal Unit.

A general surgeon is a physician who has been educated and trained in the diagnosis and preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of patients.

General Surgery requires an extensive knowledge of the anatomy, emergency and intensive care, immunology, metabolism, nutrition, pathology, physiology, shock and resuscitation, and wound healing.

General Surgeon Specialty

General Surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal contents including the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland. General Surgeons are also concerned with diseases involving the skin, breasts, soft tissues, trauma, peripheral vascular surgery and hernias.

Surgical operations must satisfy three basic conditions: the wound must be inflicted without pain, haemorrhage must be arrested, and the wound must heal.

General Surgery includes the performance of operations and procedures. The discipline requires knowledge of and familiarity with a broad spectrum of diseases that may require surgical treatment.

The certified General Surgeon is expected to be able to recognize and provide early management and appropriate referral. The General Surgeon is also expected to have knowledge of terminally ill patients, morbidly obese patients, geriatric surgical patients, and diverse culture groups.

Additional expected knowledge includes technical proficiency in the performance of core operations and procedures, clinical knowledge, anesthesia knowledge and the understanding of wound healing.

General Surgery Costs

Considering that General Surgery covers such a large spectrum of procedures, it’s impossible to provide a comprehensive list of costs. It’s also important to remember that a number of procedures will not be covered by your medical aid.

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