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Diseases & Conditions : Surgical Care


    • After Surgery: Discomforts and Complications

      Detailed information on postoperative discomforts and potential complications, including shock, hemorrhage, wound infection, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary complications, urinary retention, and reaction to anesthesia

    • Checklist for Surgery/Consent Forms/Insurance Information

      The decision to have surgery is an important one. Here is a checklist to help you prepare. You'll need to arrange a time for any preoperative lab tests and for an interview with the anesthesiologist. Check with your health plan regarding costs and coverage of the surgery.

    • Common Surgical Procedures

      Detailed information on the most common surgical procedures, including appendectomy, breast biopsy, carotid endarterectomy, cataract surgery, cesarean section, cholecystectomy, coronary artery bypass surgery, debridement of wound, dilation and curettage,

    • Discharge Planning

      Detailed information on discharge planning after surgery

    • Glossary - Surgical Care

      Glossary of terms relating to surgery

    • Home Page - Surgical Care

      Detailed information on surgery, including surgery statistics, surgery questions, preoperative management, intraoperative management, and postoperative management

    • Intraoperative Care

      Detailed information on intraoperative management

    • Methods of Surgery

      Minimally invasive surgery is a relatively new approach that allows the patient to recuperate faster with less pain. Not all conditions are suitable for this type of surgery.

    • Online Resources - Surgical Care

      List of online resources to find additional information on surgery

    • Other Techniques of Surgery

      Detailed information on other techniques of surgery, including laser surgery and electrosurgery

    • Outpatient Surgery

      Detailed information on outpatient surgery

    • Pain Management

      It's normal to expect a certain amount of pain after surgery, but if the pain does not subside with pain medication, you may have a more serious problem. Your doctors and nurses will ask about your pain because they want you to be comfortable.

    • Postoperative Management

      Detailed information on postoperative management

    • Preoperative Management

      Detailed information on preoperative management

    • Preparing for Surgery

      How should you prepare for surgery? That depends on the type of surgery and type of anesthesia that will be used.

    • Purpose of Having Surgery

      Surgery may be recommended for a variety of reasons—among them, to help with a diagnosis, to take a biopsy of a suspicious lump, to remove diseased tissues or organs, or to remove an obstruction.

    • Questions to Ask Before Surgery

      It's important to communicate your feelings, questions, and concerns with your doctor before having surgery. Take notes, or ask a family member or friend to accompany you and take notes for you. You can also bring a tape recorder, so you can review information later.

    • Recovering From Surgery/Intensive Care

      Detailed information on recovering from surgery and intensive care

    • Surgery Overview

      Detailed information on surgery, the different types of surgery, the surgical setting, and the purpose of surgery

    • Surgery Statistics

      Statistics relating to surgery

    • Tests Performed Before Surgery

      Many surgeons order routine laboratory tests before admission to the hospital, or even before certain outpatient procedures, to identify potential problems that might complicate surgery if not detected and treated early.

    • The Day of Surgery/Getting Ready For Surgery/The Operating Room

      Detailed information on the day of surgery and what to expect in the operating room

    • The Surgical Setting

      Detailed information on the surgical setting and the options that may be available to the patient, including outpatient surgery, inpatient surgery, ambulatory surgery, and specialty surgery centers

    • The Surgical Team

      The surgical team is made up of a surgeon, an anesthesiologist, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, and an operating room nurse.

    • Topic Index - Surgical Care

      Detailed information on surgery, including surgery statistics, surgery questions, preoperative management, intraoperative management, and postoperative management

    • Types of Anesthesia and Your Anesthesiologist

      During surgery, you will be given some form of anesthesia—medication administered for the relief of pain and sensation during surgery. The type and dosage of anesthesia is determined by the anesthesiologist.

    • Types of Surgery

      Detailed information on the different types of surgery, including surgical diagnosis, optional surgery, elective surgery, required surgery, urgent surgery, or emergency surgery