Surgical conditions of the gastrointestinal tract from the oesophagus to the anus
Kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation
Certain skin conditions
General surgery of childhood
Trauma to the abdomen and thorax
Initial assessment of patients with peripheral vascular disease
Elective surgery is also an important part of the work
General surgeons usually have their own subspecialty and also perform more general work. Acute abdominal pain is the most common emergency presentation requiring surgery, since the abdomen has various organs which may be causing the pain. Common conditions requiring surgery include appendicitis, hernias and gallstones.