Terminology relating to how medical professionals are defined is constantly evolving. One of the specialties we will clarify here is general surgery, by answering the question “What does a general surgeon do?”
General surgery is a discipline that requires knowledge of a broad spectrum of diseases that may require surgical treatment. These doctors are trained to perform a wide range of routine and emergency surgical procedures. They may also focus upon trauma and assist in running trauma centers.
General surgery expert witnesses are called to testify in medical malpractice litigation involving allegations of delayed or improper treatment as well as complications of surgery which may include bleeding, infection, or damage to adjacent tissue.
The American Board of surgery describes the extensive residency experience required for initial certification in general surgery.
Residency training in general surgery requires experience in all of the following content areas:
Alimentary Tract (including Bariatric Surgery)
Abdomen and its Contents
Breast, Skin and Soft Tissue
Solid Organ Transplantation
Surgical Critical Care
Surgical Oncology (including Head and Neck Surgery)
Trauma/Burns and Emergency Surgery
Medical malpractice litigation is rampant. A 2011 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that of twenty-four specialties, general surgeons had the third highest proportion of lawsuits filed against them. Only neurosurgery and thoracic surgery have higher rates of malpractice claims in an average year. The right expert witness is critical in a general surgery malpractice case.