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I want to become a general surgeon, would I operate on children? Or would the Pediatric surgeon?

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Richard’s Answer

Most general surgeons do not operate on children after residency training. Pediatric surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery and requires a fellowship after general surgery residency
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Rachel’s Answer

General surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery. General surgery training takes 5 years to complete after medical school. Pediatric surgery requires an additional 3 years of fellowship after completing a general surgery residency.

That said, general surgeons can still operate on children. They use their own judgement to determine what age they are comfortable with. Pediatric surgeons on the other hand, ONLY operate on children.
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A general surgeon is a physician who has been educated and trained in the diagnosis and preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of patient care. Surgery requires knowledge of anatomy, emergency and intensive care, immunology, metabolism, nutrition, pathology, physiology, shock and resuscitation, and wound healing.
The general surgeon is trained to provide surgical care for the whole patient. This includes making a diagnosis; preoperative, operative and postoperative management of the patient; and the surgical treatment of the:

alimentary tract;
abdomen and its contents, including the pelvis;
breast, skin and soft tissue; and
endocrine system.
It includes head and neck surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, surgical oncology, trauma and burns, transplants and vascular surgery.

So, the answer is yes, being a general surgeon also makes you eligible to operate on children that you can make a choice.
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