The Author: Latvijas Avīze / Veselības centrs 4
A surgeon is a physician with knowledge of pathogenesis, diagnostics, principles of treatment and prevention of surgical diseases. A surgeon has to have many skills when working in an outpatient clinic. During the visit, a surgeon not only carefully examines a patient, but also, if necessary, performs several minor surgical manipulations.
A surgeon assesses the danger of a particular disease or injury and then acts operatively. If necessary, a physician recommends consulting with a highly specialised surgeon, for example, a vascular surgeon, a microsurgeon, a proctologist. etc.
Red flags for visiting a surgeon:
- Injuries: soft tissue injuries, fractures, luxations, burns and frostbites.
- Musculoskeletal disorders: osteoarthrosis, inflammation of muscles and soft tissues, aseptic bone necrosis.
- Diseases of abdominal and pelvic organs.
- Vascular diseases.
- Different formations.
- Purulent surgical diseases: furuncles, carbuncles, phlegmons, abscesses, hidradenitis (inflammation of sweat glands), mastitis (inflammation of mammary glands) etc.
- Wounds, trophic ulcers, pressure ulcers.