Specialty

General Surgery

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK CONSULTANT GENERAL SURGEONS UNDERTAKE

The Consultant General Surgeon is a surgeon who deals with a wide range of surgical conditions. He/She is likely to have an area of special interest such as abdominal surgery or colo-rectal surgery or hepato-biliary surgery, as well as operating on patients with general surgical problems.

SUB-SPECIALITIES / ALTERNATIVE AND ADDITIONAL JOB TITLES

The Consultant General Surgeon may be known as a General Surgeon with a special interest in a variety of sub-specialties such as Abdominal Surgery or Neck Surgery or Colo-Rectal Surgery. He/She may be known simply as a Consultant Surgeon.

USUAL QUALIFICATIONS

The Consultant General Surgeon will usually be known as Mr rather than Dr and will have FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) after his/her name.

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Helpful Information for Patients

When an operation is scheduled under a general anaesthetic, the anaesthesiologist requires the patient to be fasted for at least 4 hours. An empty stomach is important during the induction of an anaesthetic to prevent any food debris from entering the patient's lungs when he is unconscious. Aspiration of stomach contents into the lungs can be fatal. This is why it is important that a patient should NOT eat before an operation.

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