How to become a surgeon

Operate on patients to repair, remove, or replace damaged or diseased tissues and organs.

What does a surgeon do?

Surgeons are highly trained medical doctors who heal patients through surgery. Using specialised instruments and techniques, they work with a team of medical professionals to perform surgical procedures in hospitals.

Duties and tasks

  • Consult with anaesthetists to determine the appropriate anaesthesia for patient.
  • Examine patienta and analyse medical histories to verify the need for surgery and to determine the best procedure.
  • Check the operating room, equipment and instruments to ensure sterility.
  • Oversee the activities of nurses, assistants, specialists, and other medical staff.
  • Perform surgical operations to repair injuries, correct deformities, and treat diseases.
  • Prescribe post-operative care and follow up with patients.

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