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Laser Therapy: What You Should Know

Laser therapy is a medical treatment that uses light to allow surgeons to treat tissue safely without damaging surrounding areas. Learn about its...

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Purpose of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery helps support weight loss and lower the risk of obesity-related conditions. Learn about the purpose and who is eligible....

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Cystectomy: Everything You Need to Know

A cystectomy, or bladder removal, is done to remove cancer of the bladder. Learn more about a cystectomy, including preparation and recovery. A...

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Stapedectomy: Overview

Stapedectomy surgery replaces the stapes bone in the middle ear with a prosthesis. It helps improve hearing for people with otosclerosis. The human...

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Salpingectomy Surgery: Everything You Need to Know

Salpingectomy is the removal of the fallopian tube(s) for female sterilization or removal of cancer. Reviewed by our board-certified surgeons. The...

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Overview of Femoral Hernia Surgery

Find out what a femoral hernia is, how it is treated, how the surgery is performed, and even how to prevent a femoral hernia. A femoral hernia...

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What to Expect During Pelvic Laparoscopy

Pelvic laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery used to treat a variety of pelvic conditions. Get info on how the procedure is done. Laparoscopy...

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Getting a Chest Tube for Surgery

Find out how chest tubes are placed during surgery, why they are put in, and how they are removed after your procedure. If you're having open heart...

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Surgical Procedures

Explore profiles on different surgery types and learn more about how they are done, benefits and risks, preparation, recovery, and more.

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What Is Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)?

A transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) uses a bone graft to stabilize the lower spine. Learn what to expect, benefits, and complications. A...

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Overview of Tracheoesophageal Fistula

Tracheoesophageal fistula occurs when there is an abnormal opening between the esophagus and trachea. This can result in severe respiratory problems....

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Robotic Surgery: Everything You Need to Know

Learn about the benefits and risks of robotic surgery; find out what to expect before, during and after a robotic assisted surgery procedure. Robotic...

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What Is a Hernia?

A hernia is a tear in a weakened area of muscle that allows a body organ or fatty tissue to push through, often protruding outward. The body’s...

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What to Expect With Surgery for Nasal Polyps

Nasal polypectomy is an endoscopic surgical procedure to remove nasal or sinus polyps, performed only if medications have failed to shrink the...

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Incisional Hernia and How It's Treated

An incisional hernia doesn't always require surgery. When it does, learn what surgery looks like and what you can expect during the recovery...

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How Brain Death Is Diagnosed

Find out what brain death is, how it is determined, and how three types of brain death testing are performed. Brain death is a clinical and legal...

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Overview of Bloodless Surgery and Blood Conservation

Find out more about blood conservation and bloodless surgery, if you want to avoid or refuse a blood transfusion during or after a surgical...

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Different Types of Bypass Surgery

Learn about bypass surgery, including heart bypass and gastric bypass, and why the procedures are necessary. There are multiple types of bypass...

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When You Are Undergoing Emergency Surgery

Emergency surgery can be a frantic and frightening process but there are procedures and protocols in place to ensure fast action and good outcomes....

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Overview of Arthroscopy Surgery

Find out what arthroscopy surgery is, why arthroscopy is done and why it is an improvement over traditional procedures with less risk. Arthroscopy,...

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What Is a Blood Patch?

A blood patch is a procedure that is used to treat a specific type of headaches and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) leaks. A blood patch is a medical...

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Duodenal Switch Surgery

The duodenal switch is a type of weight loss surgery. Find out the facts on this procedure including what happens during surgery and after. The...

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What to Expect From a Liver Transplant

Find out which diseases indicate that a liver transplant may be necessary, and what's involved in receiving a donated organ and undergoing...

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What to Know About Epigastric Hernia

What is an epigastric hernia, what causes it, and how is it treated? Learn more about diagnosis, surgery, and recovery here. An epigastric hernia...

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Surgical Treatment of Pituitary Tumors

Find out what you can expect before, during and after surgery to treat a pituitary tumor. The pituitary gland is a very important but small piece of...

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An Overview of Tracheostomy

A tracheostomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to help breathing. Learn why it is used, how it is done, and potential complications. A...

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Cricothyrotomy and Emergency Airway Management

Cricothyrotomy is a procedure where a breathing tube is emergently placed through the cricothyroid membrane into the trachea. Cricothyrotomy is an...

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Diagnosis, Treatment, and Surgery for Umbilical Hernias

Find out what an umbilical hernia is and how it's diagnosed and treated. Learn what happens during an umbilical hernia repair surgery and...

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