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by Etienne Moore — last modified 2012-06-04 18:08

General Surgery includes the sub-specialties of colorectal surgery, upper gastrointestinal surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, vascular surgery, breast surgery, endocrine surgery and transplant surgery.  In past times surgeons were very general and performed operations on all parts of the human body.  As surgical knowledge has advanced and expanded, surgeons more and more concentrate their expertise on just a few parts of general surgery.  For instance, Mr Moore was awarded the FRCS (Gen Surg) Royal College of Surgeons of England qualification which examined all aspects of general surgery (he also made a declared subspecialty interest in coloproctology) but he now prefers to concentrate on abdominal, bowel, digestive and hernia disorders and he chooses to no longer operate on patients requiring breast or vascular operations.  In contrast, other qualified general surgeons now concentrate only on breast surgery or only on vascular surgery.  All qualified general surgeons are competent to deal with skin lumps and bumps anywhere in the body such as lipomas, abscesses, sebaceous cysts, skin tags, warts, moles, unsightly scars and navels and problem toenails.  General Surgery is often abbreviated to ‘Gen Surg’.

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