What is General Surgery ?
“General Surgery” is a discipline of surgery having a central core of knowledge embracing anatomy, physiology, metabolism, immunology, nutrition, pathology, wound healing, shock and resuscitation, intensive care, and neoplasia, which are common to all surgical specialties.
A general surgeon has specialized knowledge and experience related to the diagnosis, preoperative, operative, and postoperative management, including the management of complications, in nine primary components of surgery, all of which are essential to the education of a broadly based surgeon:
- Alimentary tract
- Abdominal care
- Breast, skin and soft tissue
- Endocrine system
- Surgical Critical Care
- Surgical Oncology
What to Expect:
If you or a loved one are having a surgical procedure, feeling anxious is understandable. Our care team wants you to feel prepared and informed of our surgical process. The more you know, the more comfortable you will feel. More information is listed below about what you can expect:
You will be in contact with our care team before your surgery, so you’ll know what to expect. A member of our staff will confirm your surgery date, time and location as well as review preoperative instructions such as:
- Medications to take before your surgery
- Instruction for when to stop eating and drinking
- What type of clothing you should wear
- When to arrive for your procedure
When you enter our operating room, we try to make you feel as comfortable as possible. The operating room is a clinical, controlled environment where your surgery will take place. One of the first things we do is greet you and introduce the team that will be taking care of you during your procedure. We’ll then make sure you’re as comfortable as possible by providing an extra pillow or warm blanket. Your anesthesia will begin to set in, and the surgical team will begin their work. During the course of the procedure, we’ll keep your family updated on how the surgery is progressing. Once the surgery is complete, you’ll be moved to our post-operative care unit where you will begin surgery recovery.
Our post-operative care team are the providers that will care for you once your surgery is complete. You can expect a quiet, comfortable atmosphere. Our staff will check on you frequently. By taking your temperature, making sure you are warm and managing your pain or nausea, we work to relieve any discomfort you may have post-surgery. We also keep your family informed about your post-operative recovery process. Before you leave the facility, or are discharged, a care team member will review at-home care instruction from your doctor. You will receive a written copy of these orders