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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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. New status: chest vascular heart plastic used to be in general but now have separate boards and skills.

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. ..

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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.

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