General surgeons conduct a large number of surgical procedures, many of which deal with the abdomen area and digestive organs.
General surgeons work with breast cancer patients to perform biopsies, lumpectomies, mastectomies, and other related procedures, all of which are different types of breast surgery. This area does not include cosmetic surgeries and augmentations.
They also perform surgeries and procedures related to skin cancer, suspicious skin spots, burns, tumors and infections in the skin. They do skin grafts, which may be needed following burns, traumas or the removal of skin due to cancer.
General surgeons handle the removal of the thyroid glands, parathyroids glands and adrenal glands. This process includes partial removal of the glands. They also conduct surgeries needed in the colon or rectum. General surgeons treat colon cancer, rectal cancer, hemorrhoids, gastrointestinal bleeding and other bowel disorders.
Though vascular surgeons undergo specialized training, general surgeons handle minor vascular surgeries and disorders. They can perform some emergency vascular surgeries in the event a vascular surgeon is unavailable.
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