Treats diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Follows established surgical techniques during the operation.
- Examines patients to gather information on their medical condition and surgical risk.
- Operates on patients to correct deformities, repairs injuries, prevents and treats diseases, or improves or restores patients' functions.
- Analyzes patient's medical history, medication allergies, physical condition, and examinations results to verify operation's necessity and to determine best procedure.
- Prescribes preoperative and postoperative treatments and procedures, such as sedatives, diets, antibiotics, and preparation and treatment of the patient's operative area.
- Diagnoses bodily disorders and orthopedic conditions and provides treatments, such as medicines and surgeries, in clinics, hospital wards, and operating rooms.
- Provides consultation and surgical assistance to other physicians and surgeons.
- Directs and coordinates the activities of nurses, assistants, specialists, and other medical staff.
- Refers patients to medical specialists or other practitioners when necessary.
- Prepares case histories.
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