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Skill: Surgeon
Surgeon sprite.png
Profession Doctor
Job Title Surgeon
Labor Surgery
  • Move patient to surgery area
  • Surgery on injured dwarves
  • Agility
  • Focus
  • Spatial Sense
  • Kinesthetic Sense
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Surgeon is the skill associated with the Surgery labor, as well as the hospital occupation associated with it. Surgeons are responsible for treatment of complex overlapping injuries, damage to internal organs, and syndromes, using the tables and traction benches at a hospital, bringing your fortress's injured heroes back from the brink as part of the health care industry. The skill is also used by scholars when thinking about medical science-related topics.

Surgeon skill level is related to rate of success and post-operation infection[Verify]. The patient must be at rest to perform surgery. If the patient is not at rest, the surgeon will cancel surgery. The patient will stop resting when they get too hungry or thirsty. The patient may cease resting while being carried to the surgery table, if it is a long distance away. Graphically, they wear all black clothes.

A job to remove necrotic tissue starts with a Surgery job, which appears to be a prep phase, followed by a Remove Rotten Tissue job, after which another Surgery job occurs. The necrotic tissue is gone at the end of the Remove Rotten Tissue job. The body parts from which the tissue was removed will be light yellow (oddly, even body parts that were previously darker due to existing injuries). The initial surgery job will be preceded by a Clean Patient job if possible.

Just finished dealing with a dwarf that swallowed an adamantine nugget.
Art by Taras Susak
Topic Description Wikipedia link Subdivision Skills used in research
Anesthesia Anesthesia Anesthesia Method Diagnostician
Asylum for mentally ill The creation of asylums for the mentally ill. Psychiatric hospital Method Critical thinker
Autopsy The method of autopsy Autopsy Method Diagnostician
Cataract surgery Cataract surgery Cataract surgery Method Surgeon
Cauterization Cauterization Cauterization Method Surgeon
Fracture immobilization The method of fracture immobilization Bone fracture § Immobilization Method Bone doctor
Fracture treatment The treatment of fractures Bone fracture § Treatment Method Bone doctor
Hernia surgery Hernia surgery Hernia § Surgery Method Surgeon
Hospital lab The use of a laboratory for preparation of remedies in a hospital Medical laboratory Method Critical thinker
Lithotomy surgery The lithotomy surgery Lithotomy Method Surgeon
Medical school Schools of medicine Medical school Method Critical thinker
Physical examination The method of physical examination in diagnosing illness Physical examination Method Diagnostician
Professional hospital staff The use of professional hospital staff Surgeon and Physician Method Critical thinker
Specialized wards The use of specialized wards in hospitals Hospital § Departments or wards Method Critical thinker
Tracheotomy surgery The tracheotomy surgery Tracheotomy Method Surgeon
Traumatic injuries The treatment of traumatic injuries Major trauma Method Diagnostician
Draining The surgical method of draining Drain (surgery) Method (surgery) Surgeon
Excision The surgical method of excision Surgery § Types of surgery Method (surgery) Surgeon
Incision The surgical method of incision Surgical incision Method (surgery) Surgeon
Ligature The surgical method of ligature Ligature (medicine) Method (surgery) Suturer
Probing The surgical method of probing Surgical instrument § Classification Method (surgery) Surgeon
Scraping The surgical method of scraping Surgical instrument § Classification Method (surgery) Surgeon
Suturing The surgical method of suturing Surgical suture Method (surgery) Suturer
Acute and chronic conditions The distinction between acute and chronic conditions Acute (medicine) and Chronic condition Theory Diagnostician
Anatomical studies Anatomical studies for medical edification Human body Theory Surgeon
Blood vessels The distinction between veins and arteries Blood vessel Theory Surgeon
Classification of bodily fluids The classification of bodily fluids Body fluid or Humorism Theory Surgeon
Classification of mental illnesses The classification of mental illnesses Mental disorder Theory Critical thinker, Diagnostician
Classification of muscles The classification of muscles Muscle Theory Surgeon
Comparative anatomy Comparative anatomical studies for the use in medicine Comparative anatomy Theory Surgeon
Convalescence The theory of convalescence Convalescence Theory Diagnostician
Disease and fouled water The connection between disease and fouled water Waterborne diseases Theory Critical thinker
Endemic disease The theory of endemic disease Endemic (epidemiology) Theory Diagnostician
Epidemic disease The theory of epidemic disease Epidemic Theory Diagnostician
Exacerbation The notion of the exacerbation of a patient's condition Exacerbation Theory Diagnostician
Eye anatomy The anatomy of the eye Human eye Theory Surgeon
Fracture classification The classification of fractures Bone fracture § Classification Theory Bone doctor
Motor vs sensory nerves The distinction between motor and sensory nerves Motor nerve and Sensory nerve Theory Surgeon
Nervous system function The function of the nervous system Nervous system Theory Diagnostician
Paroxysm The notion of paroxysm Paroxysmal attack Theory Diagnostician
Pathology The classification of disease Nosology Theory Diagnostician
Prognosis Determining the likely outcome of a disease given a patient's current status Prognosis Theory Diagnostician
Pulmonary circulation Pulmonary circulation Pulmonary circulation Theory Surgeon
Pulmonary medicine Pulmonary medicine Pulmonology Theory Diagnostician
Reaction time The study of reaction time Mental chronometry Theory Diagnostician
Relapse The notion of relapse Relapse Theory Diagnostician
Specialized surgical instruments The use of specialized surgical instruments Surgical instrument Theory Surgeon
Surgical models The use of practice models in surgery Anatomical model Theory Surgeon
The voice The source of the voice Phonation Theory Surgeon
Toxicology The classification of toxic substances Toxicology Theory Diagnostician
Treatment of mental illnesses The treatment of mental illnesses Treatment of mental disorders Theory Diagnostician
Animals as surgical models The use of animals as surgical models Vivisection Tool Surgeon
Animal remedies Remedies prepared from animals Traditional Chinese medicine § Animal substances Tool Diagnostician
Bandages The method of bandaging wounds Bandage Tool Wound dresser
Dedicated hospitals The preparation and use of dedicated hospitals Hospital Tool Critical thinker
Forceps The construction and use of forceps Forceps Tool Surgeon
Herbal remedies Herbal remedies Herbalism Tool Diagnostician
Mineral remedies Mineral remedies List of traditional Chinese medicines § Minerals Tool Diagnostician
Mud bags as surgical models The use of mud bags as surgical models Anatomical model Tool Surgeon
Needles The construction and use of surgical needles Surgical suture § Needles Tool Surgeon
Orthopedic cast The creation and use of the orthopedic cast Orthopedic cast Tool Bone doctor
Plants as surgical models The use of plants as surgical models Anatomical model Tool Surgeon
Scalpel The construction and use of the scalpel Scalpel Tool Surgeon
Surgical scissors The construction and use of surgical sissors Surgical scissors Tool Surgeon
Traction bench The construction and use of the traction bench Hippocratic bench Tool Bone doctor


This occupation is affected by the healthcare labors bug.

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