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Frequently Asked Questions
A general surgeon is a registered qualified doctor who on an average has undergone 3 to 5 years of training to provide surgical care to the patient and are able to perform a wide range of surgical operations. During their training they rotate through many surgical specialties which include trauma, orthopedics, urology, cardiac and neuro-surgery.
They are capable of evaluating and treating patients with trauma injuries. The can treat surgical conditions that affect abdominal organs and other organs depending on their training and the requirement of the hospital.
A general surgeon is required for the treatment of common surgical conditions like appendicitis, cholecystitis, duodenal ulcer perforation, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, abscess, piles, fissure, torsion of testis, hiatus hernia, inguinal or umbilical or femoral hernia, hydrocele, varicose veins and skin lesions like melanoma, dermoid cyst or sebaceous cysts.
If a doctor believes that medical treatments would not be enough in treating a patient, a referral can be made to a general surgeon who has a broad knowledge on performing a variety of surgical procedures.
Common surgeries that are performed by a general surgeon are ambulatory phlebotomy, appendectomy, colon resections, splenectomy, thyroid surgery, varicocelectomy, varicose vein surgery, hydrocelectomy, surgery for hernia. They can also conduct breast biopsy (core), breast biopsy (open/lumpetomy), mastectomy, hemorrhoidectomy, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and excision of skin lesions.
There may be an overlap with other surgical specialist. In remote areas where other specialist are not available a general surgeon may also operate on thoracic organs or perform a life-saving burr-hole surgery for bleed within the brain.
A general surgery specialist usually charges around Rs. 500 to 25,000 in India depending on the complexity of the procedures. Similarly in the USA the charges can vary from US$ 150 to 15,000; however, most of the costs would be covered by the insurance company.
You can find the best general surgeons near you by using the "Search general surgeon by pincode" or "Search general surgeon by city" feature provided by Medindia. Medindia has a repository of premium General Surgery doctors who have subscribed to its virtual clinic for tele-consultations or physical consults. These are all verified doctors and are available with their contact number, address, location, education, experience, language known, available time for appointments, their total years of experience and many more details.
Here is a list of verified General Surgeons from India who have a virtual clinic on Medindia and provide online video consultation for patients.