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General Surgery

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    General Surgery, Gleneagles

    Contrary to what its name suggest, General Surgery is actually a surgical specialty. General surgery is surgical discipline or specialty that includes, but is not restricted to surgical procedures performed on the intestines, liver, colon, pancreas, gallbladder, stomach and thyroid gland.

    General Surgeons may be trained to sub-specialise in one of many areas. Some general surgeons are dedicated to transplant surgery, and must be ready at any time to harvest organs from suitable donors whilst others yet, may focus on trauma surgery, breast surgery, colorectal surgery or vascular surgery.

    Sub-specialties under General Surgery include:

    • Breast
    • Colon and Rectal (Colorectal)
    • Hepatobiliary (Liver, Gallbladder and Biliary Tract) and Pancreatic Surgery
    • Trauma
    • Upper Gastrointestinal
    • Vascular

    Laparoscopic Surgery

    Usually referred to as keyhole or minimally invasive surgery (MIS), laparoscopic surgery involves smaller surgical incisions (usually 0.5 cm to 1.5cm) as compared to the larger incisions in a laparotomy (open) surgery. A special camera known as a laparoscope, as well as specialized surgical instruments are then passed through the incisions to facilitate surgery. General surgeries that can be performed laparoscopically include:

    • Adrenalectomy(removal of the adrenal gland)
    • Appendicectomy(removal of appendix)
    • Bariatric surgery
    • Cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder)
    • Colectomy (removal of part or all of colon)
    • Hernia repair
    • Repair of perforated peptic ulcer
    • Thoracoscopic sympathectomy (surgical treatment of sweaty palms syndrome)
  • Abdomen

    • Hernia (inguinal, femoral)
    • Retroperitoneal tumours

    Biliary tree

    • Benign biliary strictures
    • Cancer of the gallbladder
    • Gallstones
    • Hepatic bile duct cancer


    • Breast cancer
    • Cysts, lumps, nipple discharge

    Colon & Rectal

    • Bowel incontinence & pelvic disorders
    • Colorectal cancer
    • Diverticulitis
    • Intestinal obstruction
    • Irritable bowel disease
    • Piles


    • Thyroid: nodules, cysts, cancer, hyperthyroidism

    Esophageal & Stomach

    • Cancer of the stomach and esophagus
    • Gastrointestinal tumours
    • Lymphoma
    • Morbid obesity
    • Peptic ulcer
    • Post-gastrectomy syndromes

    Head & Neck

    • Benign thyroid and parathyroid nodules (lumps)
    • Cancer of the ear, nose, throat, larynx (voice box)
    • Head and neck cancer
    • Metastasized cancer with an unknown primary
    • Obstructive airway
    • Thyroid and parathyroid cancer


    • Benign tumours and cysts
    • Cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of the gall bladder and bile duct)
    • Portal hypertension
    • Primary and metastatic liver tumours

    Lymphatic system

    • Lymph nodes and cancer
    • Lymphatic obstruction


    • Acute and chronic pancreatitis
    • Cystic tumours of the pancreas
    • Pancreatic and periampullary cancer

    Small intestine

    • Diverticula
    • Malignant tumours of the small intestine
    • Obstruction and fistulae
    • Villous tumours of the duodenum

    Vascular surgery (arteries and veins outside the heart and brain)

    • Peripheral vascular disease (especially in diabetic patients)
    • Venous diseases including deep venous and arteriovenous malformations


    *Please note that this is not a complete list of all the conditions and treatments that we provide. The information is designed for educational references only and should not be construed as medical advice.

    Kindly consult one of our qualified healthcare specialist for an accurate diagnosis before starting on any treatments.

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