General Surgery is a wide field of surgery and the General Surgeon maintains a Holistic view of the surgical ailments. He is better equipped to visualize the patient as a whole rather than have a tubular vision. A general surgeon is professionally in a much better position than other surgeons, in situations where the patient has more than one system involvement with overlap between specialties.
General Surgery is a concept which has ably withstood the onslaught of compartmentalisation since it provides the necessary bridge between different sub-specialties of surgery.
General surgery includes conventional open surgery as well as Laparoscopic surgery. These two approaches are used, complementary to each other, in the best interests of the patient.
Trauma is a very important field tackled by General Surgeons. This requires ‘prompt actions with broad outlook’. The general surgeon provides most of the management and wherever required, he takes the help of other specialists. Besides resuscitation & observation of the injured patient, he provides the definitive management in such patients.