General Surgery

General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal organs, e.g., intestines including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland. They also deal with diseases involving the skin, breast, and hernias.

Today's medical practice shows a trend towards sub-specialisation. However, many of these sub-specialised surgeons can still offer good general surgical service. General Surgeons may sub-specialise into one or more of the following disciplines:

·         Trauma surgery

General surgeons must be able to deal initially with almost any surgical emergency and trauma care.  Often they are the first port of call to critically ill or gravely injured patients and must perform a variety of procedures to stabilise such patients. Most severe trauma victims suffer trauma of multiple organs and the trauma surgeons are well trained to deal with these commonly injured organs although he or she may occasionally have to involve other specialists.

·         Laparoscopic surgery

This is sometime termed keyhole surgery and involves performing major surgery with minimal access techniques using cameras and small instruments inserted through small holes. It offers the advantages of minimal pain, blood loss, complications and speedier recovery. Robotic surgery is an evolution from this concept with added dexterity afforded by the operating robot. Virtually all the internal organs  can be operated on with this technique. Keyhole surgery has a special place in bariatric surgery for grossly obese individuals who will otherwise suffer significant complications because of their gross obesity. General surgeons that are trained today are expected to be proficient in common laparoscopic procedures.

·         Colorectal surgery

General Surgeons treat a wide variety of colonic and rectal diseases ranging from inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease) to diverticulitis, gastrointestinal bleeding, haemorrhoids, etc.

·         Breast surgery

General surgeons perform a majority of all non-cosmetic breast surgery from lumpectomy to mastectomy, especially pertaining to the evaluation and diagnosis, of breast cancer.

·         Vascular surgery

General Surgeons can perform vascular surgery if they receive special training and certification in vascular surgery. Otherwise, these procedures are performed by vascular surgery specialists. However, general surgeons are capable of treating minor vascular disorders.

·         Endocrine surgery

General Surgeons are trained to remove all or part of the thyroid and parathyroid glands in the neck and the adrenal glands just above each kidney in the abdomen. In many communities, they are the only surgeon trained to do this unless there are subspecialists.



Our Doctors Specializing In General Surgery

Dr Tan Kong Hean

MB BCh BAO (HON) (BELFAST), FRSC (Ireland), FRCS vasc, CCST (UK)
Specialty: General Surgery (General & Vascular Surgery , Vascular Surgery
Location : Prince Court Medical Centre , Sunway Medical Centre

Prof Dr Chin Kin Fah

MBChB.MD.FRCSGlasg, FRCS (Gen Surg), CCST (UK)
Specialty: General Surgery
Location : University of Malaya

Datuk Dr Yunus Gul

MBBCh (Ireland), BAO, LRCPI, FRCS (Gen.Surg.)
Specialty: General Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery & Gastrointestinal Surgery
Location : Prince Court Medical Centre , Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Dr Murugan Periasamy

MD (UKM), MS (UKM), FRCS (Ire), FRCS (Edin), Dip & Fellowship in Endoscopic & Minimally Invasive Surgery (India), Fellowship in
Specialty: General Surgery & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Location : Penang Adventist Hospital