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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 looking carefully at your health history. It is also based on the results of tests you have. These include blood tests, X-rays, MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, and electrocardiogram. The tests may also include other lab tests done to make the diagnosis.

What are the different types of surgery?

Two broad type of surgery exist, depending on your diagnosis.

Elective surgery

An elective surgery doesn't always mean it is optional. It means that the surgery can be scheduled in advance. It may be a surgery you choose to have for a better quality of life, but not for a life-threatening condition. But in some cases it may be for a serious condition such as cancer. Examples of elective surgery include removing a mole or wart, and having kidney stones removed. It may also be done if other forms of treatment are not working. 

Urgent or emergency surgery

This type of surgery is done because of an urgent medical condition. The condition may even be life threatening. Examples are acute appendicitis and trauma.

Online Medical Reviewer: Jonas DeMuro MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Kent Turley BSN MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Wanda Taylor RN PhD
Date Last Reviewed: 3/1/2019
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