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Surgeon

Role and key duties

Surgeons perform surgery to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, and improve human functioning and appearance.

Duties may include: examining patients to determine the necessity of operations, estimating and explaining risks to patients, and selecting the best operational procedures; reviewing reports on patients' general physical condition, reactions to medications and medical histories; consulting with anaesthetists regarding the correct anaesthesia for patients; performing surgical operations; examininginstruments, equipment, and surgical set-up to ensure that antiseptic and aseptic methods have been followed; instructing other medical, nursing and associated staff regarding the preparation of patients and instrument and equipment requirements; prescribing post-operative care; and observing andinvestigating patients' progress. Surgeons may fall into the following categories: surgeon (general), cardiothoracic surgeon, neurosurgeon, or thopaedic surgeon, urologist, otorhinolaryngologist, paediatric surgeon, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and vascular surgeon.

Minimum qualification required

Completion of a Degree in Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and two years of hospital based training and postgraduate qualification that may be required for specialisation in the role.

Recommended qualification

Degree in Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and two years of hospital based training and postgraduate qualification that may be required for specialisation in the role.



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