I want to become a general surgeon, would I operate on children? Or would the Pediatric surgeon?
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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.
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:
abdomen and its contents, including the pelvis;
breast, skin and soft tissue; and
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.