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A general surgeon performs surgery associated with a broad range of medical conditions, most of which involve the abdomen and its contents. In the event that you are faced with surgery involving the abdominal system such as liver surgery, gall bladder surgery, pancreas surgery, stomach surgery, bowel surgery, colon surgery, or trauma injury to these organs or hernia or breast surgery, a general surgeon is an important specialist to see.
A general surgeon also offers services associated with diagnosis, surgical treatment, counseling and management services for bariatric surgery (gastric lapband, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery).
The specific signs and symptoms requiring the opinion of a general surgeon include obstinate constipation, chronic abdominal pain, unremitting diarrhea, detection of an abdominal mass or suspicion of internal bleeding. Abdominal surgery is required for abdominal tumors, trauma, obstruction and bleeding.
Surgeons may employ modern surgical techniques by way of laparoscopic surgery also called minimally invasive surgery, bandaid surgery, or keyhole surgery, techniques in which surgery is performed through small incisions (usually 0.5–1.5 cm) elsewhere in the body, away from target location.
By means of robot-assisted surgery or robotic surgery, surgeons perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than is possible with conventional techniques. Robotic surgery is usually associated with minimally invasive surgery.
Some highly specialized general surgeons may perform organ transplants such as liver transplants and kidney transplants.
When requiring surgery, it is important that the credentials of the surgeons be counterchecked against their experiences and previous performance.
If you are interested to make an appointment with a qualified general surgeon, easily on a mobile or webpage, you can use GetDoc, one of the more comprehensive medical Apps available, to help you find a clinic nearby.