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General surgery

General surgery

General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal organs - (ie intestines, including oesophagus, the stomach, the small bowel, the large bowel, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, as well as the thyroid gland, skin, breast and hernias.

General Surgeons perform procedures such as laparoscopic surgery, colorectal surgery and breast surgery.

General surgeries provided

Laparoscopic surgery is called minimally invasive surgery in which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incisions usually approx. 0.5 - 1.5 cm.

Some advantages to the patient include reduced pain due to smaller incisions and shorter recovery times.

This field of medicine deals with the disorders of the rectum, anus and colon. General surgeons treat a wide variety of colon and rectal diseases ranging from inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease) to bowel cancer, diverticulitis, gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhoids.

General surgeons perform the majority of non-cosmetic breast surgery from lumpectomy to mastectomy, especially pertaining to the evaluation and diagnosis, of breast cancer.