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What is surgery?

Surgery is a procedure in which medical providers, typically surgeons, use specialized instruments, tools, and techniques to make incisions for access to specific areas of the body’s interior and to perform operations including but not limited to tissue repair or removal, diagnostic imaging, implant insertions, biopsy sampling and more. Surgery can be used both to diagnose and treat various disorders and diseases.

There are many reasons why someone may need surgery, such as:

  • relieving or preventing pain
  • improving body function
  • reducing a symptoms
  • finding a problem
  • to save their life

In addition, there are many fields within the branch of surgery, such as:

What are the different types of surgery?

There are two types of surgery: elective and urgent/emergency. Elective surgeries can be scheduled in advance because they are not for life-threatening conditions, but in many cases, they help patients have a higher quality of life. In comparison, urgent or emergency surgery cannot be scheduled in advance and must be completed immediately because of an urgent medical condition.

Why is surgery important in healthcare?

Surgery is an effective way to diagnose and significantly improve a patient’s health. It can also be an effective treatment as it is used to remove tumors, repair broken bones, mend organs, and save lives. Today, we are fortunate enough to benefit from advances in modern technology that allow for highly specialized procedures with remarkable accuracy. As a result, many operations are much less invasive and cause significantly less pain, meaning that a person can recover quicker. Not only does surgery have positive physical outcomes for the patient, but it also creates tangible mental benefits.

For those who suffer from chronic conditions or pain, surgery can provide immense relief, getting rid of ailments faster than ever before. Simply put, surgery is an invaluable healthcare tool that allows people to live healthier and more comfortable lives every day.