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Dr. Bernard Seif
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General Surgeon (Overview)

A person that has training and experience in mostly in abdominal and intestinal surgery, but some other areas are included. Specialties within the field include hernia repair, colorectal, trauma, endocrine, weight loss, critical care, breast, and hand surgery to name a few.


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What is a general surgeon?

Mostly abdominal: Traditionally did all surgery except neuro.
Now mostly abdominal, laparoscopic, trauma, and in some communities some vascular.
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used to be in general but now have separate boards and skills. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
3 Doctors shared insights

General Surgeon (Overview)

A person that has training and experience in mostly in abdominal and intestinal surgery, but some other areas are included. Specialties within the field include hernia repair, colorectal, trauma, endocrine, weight loss, critical care, breast, and hand surgery to name a few.


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What is the definition or description of: general surgeon?

What is the definition or description of: general surgeon?

General Surgeon: A person that has training and experience in mostly in abdominal and intestinal surgery, but some other areas are included. Specialties within the field include hernia repair, colorectal, trauma, endocrine, weight loss, critical care, breast, and hand surgery to name a few. ...Read more

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What surgeries can a general surgeon do?

What surgeries can a general surgeon do?

It depends: General surgeons are trained in many specialties, which include thoracic, abdominal, vascular, oncology, breast, thyroid, dialysis access, hernia, gallbladder, spleen, liver, pancreas, etc. The list goes on and on. The General surgeon operates what he or she feels comfortable. ...Read more

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General surgeon (Tip)

If painful or hard to reduce, see a surgeon right away. ...See more

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I was diagnosed with pancreatitis. A week later, I'm still in pain and now I'm seeing a general surgeon. What can I expect?

I was diagnosed with pancreatitis. A week later, I'm still in pain and now I'm seeing a general surgeon. What can I expect?

Few things: The cause will decide about next steps. Pain can last a while. Pancreatitis associated with gallstones would need removal of gallbladder, alcohol related pancreatitis would benefit from abstinence, drug induced pancreatitis resolves if offending medicine is stopped. Development of a pseudo cyst etc may need further management. Hope you feel well. ...Read more

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What does a pediatric general surgeon do?

What does a pediatric general surgeon do?

Pediatric surgeon: The Pediatric Surgeon handles problems that might need or need surgery. examples are appendicitis, hernias, hydrocele etc. This is a general professional advice limited to USA patients based on information provided and is to be verified by a Physician familiar with the patient. ...Read more

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Do not have a regular pcp currently but with all my previous questions and symptoms would my general surgeon b one to contact to help me?

Doubt it: U really need a medical doctor to keep tract of everything that goes on w u. S/he is the only one that gets all the information from everyone. You have have significant previous surgeries and are on gabapentin. Surgeon can help with bypass related items but u really need to get a pcp. ...Read more

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Would a doctor in specialty such as general surgeon be your regular doctor?

Theoretically: Yes they can, as long as they feel comfortable with the work. However most surgeons are not, just like most primaries are not comfortable doing surgery. (also theoretically possible, and legal). ...Read more

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Could a general surgeon do a tummy tuck?

Could a general surgeon do a tummy tuck?

Would not recommend…: I would suggest starting with the American Society of Plastic Surgery and/or the Aesthetic Society of Plastic Surgery to obtain a list of well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons.
Then, I would suggest you visit a few surgeons whose practices concentrate on aesthetic surgery. Ask to see lots of examples of their work, learn about risks/complications, and communicate goals carefully. ...Read more

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Can a general surgeon confirm I have a fissure fistula?

Can a general surgeon confirm I have a fissure fistula?

Yes: Rectal fissure and fistula are two different problems. Both may result in bleeding or spotting but fissures are usually more painful and fistulas have an external opening (although you might not have noticed it). General surgeons deal with both of these, as do colo-rectal surgeons. They can both confirm and treat these conditions. ...Read more

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Who orders a hida scan. Your primary care dr or a general surgeon?

Who orders a hida scan. Your primary care dr or a general surgeon?

Either: A lot depends on acute or chronic symptoms of gall bladder disease. Acute attack may end up in er with surgical consultation and therefore ordering of study by surgeon. If chronic pain, any physician either primary care, gastroenterologist, internist, or general surgeon can order the test. ...Read more

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Could a general surgeon do tooth extractions?

Could a general surgeon do tooth extractions?

Tooth extractions: A general surgeon could technically and legally probably extract teeth, but I doubt any would want or try to as they have not been trained to do so. All professionals do what they have been trained to and feel comfortable and competent in doing. Some extractions are difficult even for trained and competent dentists. ...Read more

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Docs, could a general surgeon do tooth extractions?

Docs, could a general surgeon do tooth extractions?

Oral surgeon: General surgeons, if trained as dentists, may be willing to extract teeth. You will need to see a dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Is a breast surgeon just a general surgeon?

Is a breast surgeon just a general surgeon?

No: Typically a "breast surgeon" will be one of three things. 1) a surgical oncologist who has completed a general surgery (gs) residency and a two year fellowship, 2) a surgeon who has completed a gs residency and a 1 year breast fellowship, or 3) a gs with extensive breast surgery experience but no fellowship. Like anything else, additional training and experience is linked to better outcomes. ...Read more

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Is a General Surgeon capable of diagnosing penis disorders?

Is a General Surgeon capable of diagnosing penis disorders?

Yes. To a great. ...: Hi! PaulH, you have churned out numerous questions revolving around the same topic in a short time. To a realistic personal and professional sense, you should refer these to a local Doc for a long-term counseling. Although it is easy to get online for any thing, it still consumes someone's time, which, to a strict sense, is always a common property of all humanity. Thank about this and get to. .. ...Read more

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My pcp referred me to a general surgeon getting worse so should I go to the er?

What: Is getting worse? Would need more information. Please call your primary doctor to ask what you should do, notifying them that you are waiting for a surgery consultation appointment. ...Read more

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Port insertion for chemotherapy should be done by cardiovascular or general surgeon?

Port insertion for chemotherapy should be done by cardiovascular or general surgeon?

Either: Both types of surgeons likely would have the expertise and knowledge for placement of a vascular port. Ask your family doctor or oncologist which doctor in your area may have the most experience or expertise with this procedure. ...Read more

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Can a general surgeon remove my gallbladder and fix my rectocele/cystocele all at the same time?

Can a general surgeon remove my gallbladder and fix my rectocele/cystocele all at the same time?

Not usually.: Although these procedures can be done at the same time, it would be unusual for a general surgeon to perform cystocele or rectocele repair. More commonly these procedures would be performed by a gynecologist, urogynecologist or a urologist. Just be sure that whoever does your surgery has a lot of experience performing these types of procedures. Never hesitate to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I have a supraclavical lump. I am going to a general surgeon this week. What happens during a biopsy?

I have a supraclavical lump. I am going to a general surgeon this week. What happens during a biopsy?

A lymph node removal: The lesion is excised, usually takes 30 minutes and the specimen is sent to pathology for evaluation, usually one week for results. ...Read more

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It happens that a general surgeon remove my gallbladder and fix my rectocele/cystocele at the same time?

It happens that a general surgeon remove my gallbladder and fix my rectocele/cystocele at the same time?

Usually not: A general surgeon does gall bladder surgery on a regular basis. Rectocele and cystocele surgery is usually performed by a gynecologic surgeon. At some hospitals the two surgeons can coordinate their schedule so that they can both do their respective procedures during the same anesthesia. ...Read more

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Can a general surgeon correct diastasis recti? Do you think he will also repair a small hernia I have even though it's not bothersome?

Can a general surgeon correct diastasis recti? Do you think he will also repair a small hernia I have even though it's not bothersome?

Possibly: A diastasis, or weakening of the muscle wall midline fascia, is not typically covered by insurance secondary to it being more of a cosmetic issue. A hernia on the other hand can be observed if small and reducible (easily pushed in). Diastasis recti is most commonly corrected in combination with a tummy tuck. A hernia should be repaired if encountered during a diastasis correction. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I've been wondering if it was possible that a general surgeon could inject a patient with intravenous chemotherapy?

What do you suggest if I've been wondering if it was possible that a general surgeon could inject a patient with intravenous chemotherapy?

Possible: The use of chemotherapy is a complicated process, and while it is possible that a general surgeon can order and administer it, the standard of care would be for an oncologist to order it and administration to be done in a hospital or outpatient cancer center. In situations where those services don't exist, a properly trained and interested physician can perform this. ...Read more

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Can a general surgeon operate on a brain just like a neurosurgeon would?

Can a general surgeon operate on a brain just like a neurosurgeon would?

NO: Outside of tv, there is no "do it all" doctor. Aside from the true emergency in a small town when emergency decompression for head bleed may require craniotomy, no modern day general surgeon is trained nor in most cases wants to take on the liability of brain surgery. ...Read more

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Can a general surgeon perform a hernia repair, or should I see a GI surgeon?

Can a general surgeon perform a hernia repair, or should I see a GI surgeon?

Both are general: While both are general surgeons, some surgeons focus their practice on hernia repair. Complex hernias should probably be taken care of by a surgeon which extensive experience in hernia repair. Straightforward hernias are routinely handled by most general surgeons. You could ask the surgeon what their experience is dealing with a hernia like yours. ...Read more

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Is a plastic surgeon better then a orthopedic surgeon or is general surgeon the best?

Is a plastic surgeon better then a orthopedic surgeon or is general surgeon the best?

Depends on what-: -need, each has their own specialty. A short version is muscle/bone/tendon =orthopedic. Abdomen =gen. Facial/scars/breast reconstruction =plastic. ...Read more