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Surgical Assistants

On the Job


Surgical Assistants assist surgeons during surgery by performing a variety of duties. They may retract tissues from patients, insert tubes, or close surgical wounds. They may also prepare surgery rooms based on what the surgeon needs.


Typical Work Tasks

People who work in this career often:

Typical Working Conditions


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