A general surgeon is a doctor educated and trained in the analysis, operative, preoperative and postoperative management of of a widerange of surgical conditions. General surgeons can specialize in many areas and they play an important role in A&E departments providing emergency surgery. Because of their wide range of skills, they are in high demand.
What's General Surgery?
General surgery is a field where in-depth knowledge is required for many diseases that might need surgical treatment. Here the surgeon needs to have core knowledge embracing metabolism, nutrition, anatomy, pathology, intensive care, physiology, neoplasia, shock and resuscitation. These are usual to all surgical specialities. Doctors perform general surgery to ease problems that are not cured through medication alone. It encompasses a range of surgeries including:
- Surgical conditions of the gastrointestinal tract
- Breast conditions
- Treating certain skin conditions
- Trauma to thorax and abdomen
General Surgeon Qualifications in UK
In the UK, the Royal College of Surgeon supervises the training and development of surgeons. It takes years of practice and study to become a surgeon. Aspiring candidates must qualify as doctors and obtain a basic medical degree. It normally takes around 5-6 years. Then they need to do foundation training for at least 2 years. After that, trainee surgeon undergoes further training on surgical procedures and learns a range of techniques and skills. A trainee surgeon works under supervision of a senior surgeon. After core surgical training is complete the trainee surgeon chooses a speciality. Once the speciality training is completed, the trainee surgeon earns a CCST or a CCT. They are the qualified to work as a consultant surgeon in the NHS and in private healthcare organisations.
General Surgeon Operations
General surgeons perform a range of operations. Some of them are:
- Abscess Drainage
- Baker’s Cyst Removal
- Breast Abscess Drainage
- Bunion Removal
- Hernia Repair
- Melanoma Removal
- Skin Graft
- Tubal Ligation
- Varicose Vein Sclerotherapy