GS: most common elective procedures?

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  1. BruceWilly

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    I've heard that once a general surgeon builds up his or her reputation, they can start doing more elective procedures. What are some of the elective procedures that general surgeons are allowed/trained to do?
     
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    Standard is hernia repairs, lap chole's, interval appy's, bowel resections etc.

    I've seen general surgeons do a wide variety of things include thyroid/parathyroid removal, hiatal hernia repair and Nissens, sleeve gastrectomy, melanoma removal, PD catheter placement, portacath placement, IVC filter placement, tracheostomies, and even a few in some community settings will do VATS for empyema and decortication as well as C-sections.

    The more rural/community settings will have a general surgeon do more in terms of variety, while the more academic/dense populations settings will probably have you do less.
     
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    ....Plus breast surgeries, lymph node biopsy/dissections, lumps/bumps, splenectomies, hemorrhoids/butt cases in addition to the above.

    Some community surgeons do vascular cases and dialysis access (fistulas) too. I've met a few community surgeons who do pancreas or straightforward liver cases as well, but this is not typical.

    Endoscopy (EGD/colonoscopy) is also high-volume for GS in some practices, usually in areas without adequate GI coverage.
     
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    I would also like to clarify for our new friend here that almost all cases are "elective". Only a small portion of any general surgeon's practice is truly emergent, whether new in practice or not.
     
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