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Types of Surgery

What is surgical diagnosis?

As part of your diagnosis, you and your doctor may discuss surgery as a way to correct your condition. This decision is based on careful evaluation of your personal medical history and subsequent medical tests, such as blood tests, X-rays, MRI, CT scan, electrocardiogram, or other laboratory work performed to determine the exact diagnosis.

What are the different types of surgery?

Depending on the diagnosis, a patient has several surgery options:

  • Elective surgery. An elective surgery does not necessarily mean it is optional. It simply means that the procedure can be scheduled in advance. It may be a procedure you choose to have. It may not be essential for a good quality of life. This includes such things as removing a mole or wart, or having kidney stones removed.  It may also be done if other forms of medication and treatment are not working. 

  • Urgent or emergency surgery. This type of surgery is done because of an urgent, possibly life-threatening, medical condition, such as acute appendicitis or trauma.

Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Online Medical Reviewer: Turley, Ray, BSN, MSN
Date Last Reviewed: 10/29/2014
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