About General Surgeons
General surgeons have received a four-year undergraduate degree and attended medical school (which is traditionally four years, as well).
What Kind of Training Does a General Surgeon Have?
After medical school, they undertake extensive additional residency training of at least five years. During this training, they are exposed to various surgical settings so that they can function at the highest level once they advance to operating independently. General surgeons also receive training in nonsurgical areas, such as internal medicine, pediatrics, gastroenterology, and anesthesiology.
General surgeons are trained to use state-of-the-art technologies to make surgeries as minimally invasive and safe for patients. These technologies include laparoscopic procedures, which can replace the traditional “open” procedures that were once the only option for surgical patients.
Some general surgeons receive additional training and can perform even more specialized procedures, such as bariatric surgeries. General surgeons sometimes work in conjunction with other surgeons, such as orthopedic surgeons or plastic surgeons.
What Does a General Surgeon Do?
General surgeons take care of patients before surgeries (“pre-op”), during surgeries (“peri-op”), and after the surgery is completed (“post-op”). Surgeons will often follow up with their patients at specific checkpoints to ensure that their recovery is going smoothly and to help troubleshoot any problems that may arise.
General surgeons are experts at performing surgery. But one of the most important things that they do outside of surgery is educating patients about their surgical conditions. Our surgeons educate patients about why surgery may be necessary and what to expect. Our surgeons help their patients to have the most positive surgical experience possible.
How to Learn More about General Surgery
General surgeons are highly trained to take care of you and your loved ones when you have unanticipated surgical needs. If you think you may have a surgical problem, or would like a surgical consultation, contact us to schedule an appointment today.