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As the basis for all surgical specialties, general surgery is one of the largest surgical specialties; only obstetrics and gynecology are more popular. General surgeons can perform surgery on nearly any organ or body system. Some of the most commonly performed surgeries include gall bladder removals, hernia repairs, tumor extractions, gastric-bypass, colonoscopies and appendix removals, among others.
In addition to performing surgery, general surgeons may also take patients’ medical histories, perform physical exams, diagnose patients and develop treatment plans before surgery. After performing the surgery, general surgeons manage their patients’ postoperative care.
All general surgeons must be licensed and board-certified. Like other surgical specialties, general surgeon jobs require years of training. General surgeons must graduate from medical school and complete between 5-7 years of residency before practicing on their own, for a total of 13-15 years of training.
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