Surgeons generally diagnose illnesses and provide treatment through operations. Using a variety of instruments, and with patients under general or local anesthesia, a surgeon corrects physical deformities, repairs bone tissue after injures, or performs preventive surgeries on patients with life threatening illnesses. Surgeonsí work is done in hospitals or in surgical out patientís clinics. These centers are well-lighted and have sterile environments. Surgeons spend most of their day standing for long periods. Surgeons work long, irregular hours. Over one third of full time surgeons usually worked 60 hours or more a week in 2004. Through most of their time is in hospitals, surgeons must travel between their office and clinics to treat their patients.
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