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I heard only the top of the top can land an oral surgery residency. How true is this?

I heard only the top of the top can land an oral surgery residency. How true is this?

You're Accurate: Post graduate programs are competitive and since the spaces are limited, the programs can choose the candidates they want. This usually translates to students who graduated at the top of their class. ...Read more

Dr. Irina Kovatch
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General Surgery (Definition)

General surgeons typically operate on a variety of abdominal organs, most commonly hernias and gallbladders. General surgeons also perform operations for many intestinal problems, along with breast and skin diseases, as well as manage trauma and critical care patients. Some do all of these, and some specialize in a specific area. In rural settings, they may do orthopedic ...Read more


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How long is residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery vs ent?

How long is residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery vs ent?

OMS is usally a: Dental specialty, so you would go to dental school first, where ENT is an md or do specialty. ...Read more

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I'm torn between family medicine and general surgery. Which should I choose?

I'm torn between family medicine and general surgery. Which should I choose?

Look Closer: Not sure where you are in your education, but this decision should come pretty easily to you if you spend time w/both specialties since they are quite different (each w/ their pro's & con's). Word to the wise: follow your passion--it makes all the hard work worthwhile. ...Read more

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Best medical centre in america for general surgery?

Impossible: Although experts can recommend several institutions that are very good for specific complex operations, there is no way to determine the best overall for general surgery. ...Read more

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Best operation theatre in america for general surgery?

Best operation theatre in america for general surgery?

Explain: Please explain what you are referring to when asking this question. ...Read more

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Has anybody dealt with the wait times for general surgery?

Has anybody dealt with the wait times for general surgery?

How so?: Are you referring to difficulty getting in to see a general surgeon or difficulty scheduling surgery? At present, there is no shortage of general surgeons in the us, although some areas are under-served. However, shortages are expected over the next few decades as physicians are choosing specialties with less demanding schedules. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: general surgery?

General Surgery: General surgeons typically operate on a variety of abdominal organs, most commonly hernias and gallbladders. General surgeons also perform operations for many intestinal problems, along with breast and skin diseases, as well as manage trauma and critical care patients. Some do all of these, and some specialize in a specific area. In rural settings, they may do orthopedic & ob/gyn cases too. ...Read more

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General surgery-self-help. Can I pop my own cyst?

General surgery-self-help. Can I pop my own cyst?

Risky adventure: Depending on the type of cyst, you may trigger inflamatory response, infection, hemorrhage or disemination of tumor or disease. But of course you may be lucky and get away with it. ...Read more

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What are the nutritional needs for general surgery patients before and after?

What are the nutritional needs for general surgery patients before and after?

Protein,vit&minerals: Surgery is a significant stress on the body and recovering from surgery requires the body to have adequate protein, vitamins, minerals and essential oils. It is best to have good body stores prior to surgery.After surgery particular nutrients may speed recovery.I advise a well-rounded high-quality multivit./mineral supplement with additional vit. C (2000 mg 2x/day) & zinc (30-50mg/day) see comment:. ...Read more

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I need some medical answers for my book. Some about cancer and general surgery.?

I need some medical answers for my book. Some about cancer and general surgery.?

Really Good luck: How anyone can answer in five lines, especially if there is no real question. First answer will be you have to read 100 books to write 100 good lines. ...Read more

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What is gastritis? How do you prevent gastritis? What causes it? Does it go away ever? Would you need "general surgery"?

What is gastritis? How do you prevent gastritis? What causes it? Does it go away ever? Would you need "general surgery"?

Gastritis: Can be due to bacteria ( h. Pylori) that causes ulcers. Can be due anatomical defect in diaphragm ( hiatal hernia) that surgey can fix. Can be due to meds ( like motrin) stop the the meds . And also bile reflux that may be helped with surgery. Tumors of an endocrine nature also can cause it ...Read more

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Can a general surgeon perform a lap ban surgery or does it have to be a gastroenterology dr?

Can a general surgeon perform a lap ban surgery or does it have to be a gastroenterology dr?

Bariatric surgery: There is a specialty of medine for this--bariatric surgery. Gastroenterologists generally don't do surgery-mostly endoscopic procedures and biopsies etc..Bariatric surgeons are trained to do just these bypass procedures. I advise consult your doc for an evaluation and possible referal to a bariatric surgeon--and lung/heart/psychiatry doc as part of the "requirement" for these surgeries. Good luck. ...Read more

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Has anybody dealt with the wait times of mri's, general surgery, or the ER in canada?

Has anybody dealt with the wait times of mri's, general surgery, or the ER in canada?

Yes: Most canadians, except those who cross the border in the northern us to get surgery here. ...Read more

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I'm in small town with a torn muscle. Between family medicine and general surgery. Which should I choose?

I'm in small town with a torn muscle. Between family medicine and general surgery. Which should I choose?

Family doc : It's probably best to see your family doctor. They can take a look and make some recommendations. In the mean time you can use Motrin and Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain. A muscle strain wouldn't be treated surgically. ...Read more

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Is hernia mesh removal surgery possible? If yes than can a general surgeon can do it or there are specialists?

Is hernia mesh removal surgery possible? If yes than can a general surgeon can do it or there are specialists?

Remove mesh: If mesh becomes infected, it should be removed. Typically, wound care and antibiotic treatment is done first. If that fails then the decision to remove mesh is made. Mesh removal for other reasons is often not recommended due to lack of benefit compared to the surgical risk. ...Read more

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In 2001 i had surgery to rotate my intestines....I saw a general surgeon because I am now having lower ab pain in my incision. Please advise?

In 2001 i had surgery to rotate my intestines....I saw a general surgeon because I am now having lower ab pain in my incision. Please advise?

It may be nothing: Incisional pain after surgery is usually not a big deal. If you have a hypertrophic or keloid scar, you may have pain. Pelvic pain or abdominal pain that is intermittent can be studied using ct scan or x-rays. You may want to see a GI doctor. Make sure you go to the er if you have significant pain that does not improve. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is a general surgery resident and has a severe drinking problem(12 pack or more a day).. My question is what are the signs that I need to?

My boyfriend is a general surgery resident and has a severe drinking problem(12 pack or more a day).. My question is what are the signs that I need to?

Get help now: You boyfriend is showing signs of excessive drinking. Considering the pressures of residency, if another coping mechanism isn't found, this will get worse until he reaches rock bottom. Please help him and support him in getting help.... now ...Read more

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I have a appointment with a general surgeon for a hernia from a old appendix surgery what ? Should i ask him? And will surgery be a must?

I have a appointment with a general surgeon for a hernia from a old appendix surgery what ? Should i ask  him?  And will surgery be a must?

Incisional hernia: Hernia at an old scar site is called incisional hernia. Docs recommend hernia repair as they can become dangerous to your health with incarceration. Which means one of your organs, (a loop of bowel), gets stuck in the hernia. Take a friend with you to help ask questions. Ask about risk, mesh, recurrence, technique, restrictions and length of recovery. ...Read more

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Is a general surgeon qualified to perform gastric bypass surgery?

Is a general surgeon qualified to perform gastric bypass surgery?

Yes, but inquire exp: All bariatric-only surgeons started as general surgeons. Surgeons who do a variety of procedures are sometimes your best technical operators. You do want to ask about experience. Also want to make sure he/she has a good after-surgery program. Finally, look for a compassionate surgeon. ...Read more

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My general surgeon says that very few people get reaction/infection from poly propylene mesh used in hernia surgery. Can any one give exact % ?

My general surgeon says that very few people get reaction/infection from poly propylene mesh used  in hernia surgery.  Can any one give exact % ?

No: There is a similar response to all implanted foreign bodies, but the intensity and duration of the response are highly variable. Nobody has an allergic type of reaction, because polypropylene is inert. Infection is a different issue, but also should be in the less than 1% range for inguinal and <5% for ventral hernia repairs. ...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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Is abdominal muscle repair surgery same thing as a tummy tuck? Can a general surgeon do a tummy tuck?

Is abdominal muscle repair surgery same thing as a tummy tuck? Can a general surgeon do a tummy tuck?

MR with TT by GS??: Interesting question! A Full Tummy Tuck (TT) usually has correction of the diastasis recti separation (MR). But it is NOT aways done. This is a question each patient needs to ask/discuss with their PLASTIC SURGEON before doing the operation. It is called In formed Consent. The next issue of a General Surgeon preforming a TT is not whether the GS is able but one of liability. If something went - ...Read more

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I had a small bowel obstruction surgery that was done by a general surgeon. What type of specialist /doctor do I see after for consultation?

I had a small bowel obstruction surgery that was done by a general surgeon.  What type of specialist /doctor do I see after for consultation?

Surgeon and PCP: It is important for you to follow up with the surgeon who operated on you because he/she will be able to recognize if your bowels have returned to normal function. It will also be important for you to see your primary care doctor who will have the greatest continuity of care with you. In the event of a re-obstruction, be sure to return to the same surgeon. They will know your anatomy details. ...Read more

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Abdominal hernia found after a CT scan I have little to no pain from it general surgeon recommends no surgery for now does this sound normal?

Abdominal hernia found after a CT scan I have little to no pain from it general surgeon recommends no surgery for now does this sound normal?

Could be: The reason to fix a hernia is to relieve symptoms or prevent it from getting worse. If your more of a preventative maintenance person, go ahead and get it fixed at your convenience by a general surgeon with experience in repairing your type of hernia. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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General Surgeon (Definition)

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 ...Read more