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Surgeons

Overview

Surgeons perform surgery to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, and improve human functioning and appearance. Medical Registrars training as Surgeons are included in this unit group. The links below provide quick access to basic information for this occupation.  Greater detail can be found using any of the page tabs above. A one page printable summary of the key statistics for this occupation can also be found under the Reports and Links tab above. Just click on the tab and follow the link for Occupational Bulletin.

Tasks

This occupation may include associated occupations with varying tasks.

  • 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
  • examining instruments, 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 and investigating patients' progress
  • maintaining records of operations performed
  • may specialise in particular types of operations

Job Titles

  • Surgeon
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Otorhinolaryngologist
  • Paediatric Surgeon
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
  • Urologist
  • Vascular Surgeon

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