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GENERAL SURGERY

General surgeons are the jacks-of-all-trades of the surgical world. They
take out gallbladders and appendixes. And they're trained to handle medical
conditions in most parts of the body, from the head and neck down to the
feet (plus a lot of stuff in between, including the abdominal wall, skin, and
gastrointestinal and vascular systems).

OTOLARYNGOLOGIC SURGERY

This mouthful of a specialty (pronounced oh-toe-lair-in-GOLL-oh-jee)
focuses on the ears, nose and throat. Otolaryngologists tend to everything
from hearing loss and chronic sinusitis to swallowing disorders and diseases
affecting the throat and voice box.

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

If you break a bone and need surgery to repair it, you'll probably
see an orthopedic surgeon. These doctors focus on the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints and muscles. The
field also includes a number of special interest areas, including
foot and ankle orthopedics, hand surgery, joint replacement,
oncology, pediatric orthopedics, spine surgery, sports medicine
and trauma surgery.

OPHTHALMIC SURGERY

Having serious eye problems? You'll probably see an ophthalmologist, a medical doctor who can perform eye surgery, treat eye and
vision problems, and prescribe glasses and contacts. Optometrists,
on the other hand, cannot perform surgery, although they can
give vision tests and prescribe glasses, contacts and medicines
for certain eye problems.

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NEUROLOGIC SURGERY

You probably know that neurosurgeons work on the brain. But
they also tend to a number of other areas, including disorders
of the spinal cord, pituitary gland and vertebral column. ■

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