Nature of the work
A general surgeon has expertise in the diagnosis and care of patients with diseases and disorders affecting the abdomen, digestive tract, endocrine system, breast, skin, and blood vessels. A general surgeon is also trained in the care of pediatric and cancer patients and in the treatment of patients who are injured or critically ill. Common problems treated by general surgeons include hernias, breast tumors, gallstones, appendicitis, pancreatitis, bowel obstructions, colon inflammation, and colon cancer. General surgeons increasingly provide care through the use of minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques.
Surgeons can receive training in the following subspecialties:
The residency for general surgery is five years. Up to 2 years of additional training is required to practice in one of the subspecialty areas.
The annual salary for general surgeons ranges from $284,642 to $383,333.