Internist Questions Internal Medicine

Can internist perform surgical procedures?

If there is an emergency, then can an internist perform any surgical procedure to avoid any kind of complications?

4 Answers

The simple answer is no. Surgeons should be performing surgeries, especially in an emergency situation when the likelihood of a complication is much higher. An internist may be trained to do simple "bedside" procedures such as an incision and drainage, removal of a small skin lesion, or placement of a central venous catheter. Invasive procedures should be done by someone with appropriate training and board certification. Some older internists in rural areas may have received some procedural training.
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In an emergency you do whatever you must if you feel you are competent