Nature of the work
General surgery encompasses the specialties of
breast, vascular, upper gastrointestinal, colorectal and
Working in general surgery
While general surgery was an integrated
specialty ten years ago, it is currently being sub-divided into a
set of more clearly defined sub specialties and each of these with
its own sub-specialist association.
Consultant general surgeons are now usually
practitioners in one of the following sub-specialty
Nearly all consultant general surgeons must
maintain generalist skills to cope with emergency work and the high
volume of routine procedures that make up waiting lists.
The current sudden decline in the need for
coronary artery bypass operations and the slow decline in the
number of arterial operations have made general surgeons more
prepared to maintain their general base.
Common procedures / interventions
These include treatment of hernias, varicose
veins and rectal bleeding.
Associated sub specialties
Colorectal, endocrine, upper gastro-intestinal, transplant and
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