General surgery, as defined by the American Board of Surgery, is a discipline that requires knowledge of and familiarity with a broad spectrum of diseases that may require surgical treatment. The word general in the title can sometimes be misleading. General surgery is a surgical specialty just like orthopedic surgery or urology. These specialties all require a minimum of 5 years of training following medical school.
In order to become Board certified in general surgery, one must demonstrate competence in the following areas: surgery of the gastrointestinal tract, surgery in the abdomen, surgery of the breast skin and soft tissue, surgery of the endocrine system, solid organ transplantation, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, surgical oncology, trauma and emergency surgery, and vascular surgery. Understandably, there are many people who will be doing additional training following residency in many of these fields; however this broad background forms the basis of a general surgeon.
Therefore, to become Board certified in the specialty of general surgery, one must first complete medical school. After passing 3 exams, one is then granted a license to practice medicine. At least 5 years of residency are then completed following medical school. These 5 years would encompass nearly 20,000 hours of training. After residency, one would pass a written exam and then an oral exam in order to be granted Board certification by the American Board of Surgery.
After achieving Board certification, one is eligible to apply for membership to the American College of Surgeons. The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for surgical patients by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. The College currently has 78,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. Membership in the College is designated by the letters FACS in your title.
Our practice offers a wide range of surgery services for treatment of:
- Varicose Veins
- Spider Veins
- Breast Mass
- Gallstones & Gallbladder Disease
- Hemorrhoids & Rectal Fistula
- Hernia – Groin & Abdominal Wall & Incisional
- Port Placement for Chemotherapy
- Skin Tumors/Soft tissue Masses
Dr. Barry J. Bass works closely with other medical specialties to provide optimal patient care. Collaboration with referring physicians is essential to patient management.
Dr. Barry J. Bass can preform a variety of procedures including, but not limited, to:
- Treatment of varicose veins
- Hernia repair of all types
- Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery
- Breast surgery for masses/malignancy
- Treatment for spider veins
- Removal of skin cancers & soft tissue tumors
- Laser Hair Removal