General Surgery is a broad term for surgical procedures necessary for resolving complications found in the upper body and abdomen, such as the esophagus, intestines, breast, endocrine system, and more.
Some of the more common abdominal complications and ailments that require the expertise and training of a general surgeon include:
- Gallbladder removal
- Stomach and intestinal issues
- Appendix removal
- Colon problems
- Liver disease or complications of the liver
- Trauma surgery
General surgeons are highly skilled and must complete a surgical residency program after graduation from medical school, followed by four years of additional training. When it comes to patient care, general surgeons work closely with your primary care provider and other specialists to help ensure the best patient outcomes. Often times, primary care providers will refer patients to a general surgeon when an operation is necessary. General surgeons also frequently work with gastroenterologists or oncologists, and some may have an additional subspecialty in oncological surgery.