The American Board of Surgery defines general surgery as follows:
- A central core of knowledge embracing anatomy, physiology, metabolism, immunology, nutrition, pathology, wound healing, shock and resuscitation, intensive care, and neoplasia.
- Specialized knowledge and skill relating to the diagnosis, preoperative, operative, and postoperative management in the following areas of primary responsibility:
- Alimentary tract.
- Abdomen and its contents.
- Breast, skin, and soft tissue.
- Head and neck.
- Vascular system, excluding the intracranial vessels, the heart, and those vessels intrinsic and immediately adjacent thereto.
- Comprehensive management of trauma. The responsibility of all phases of care of the injured patient is an essential component of general surgery.
- Complete care of critically ill patients with underlying surgical conditions, in the emergency room, intensive care unit, and trauma/burn units.
Beyond this basic background statement is a wealth of information, skilled surgeons, and a variety of support personnel. Our surgeons are skilled in many different procedures, many of which can be performed with very small incisions, which decrease pain and recovery time.
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