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1. pertaining to an operation.
2. effective; not inert.


1. Relating to or effected by means of an operation.
2. Active or effective.


(ŏp′ər-ə-tĭv, -ə-rā′tĭv, ŏp′rə-)
1. Relating to or resulting from a surgical operation.
2. Functioning effectively; efficient.


1. Relating to, or effected by means of an operation.
2. Active or effective.


1. pertaining to an operation.
2. effective; not inert.

operative technique
the actual step-by-step procedure of performing a specific surgical procedure.

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Q. I am worried how safe the operation would be and the post surgery complications? My wife has a cyst in her right breast and further tests are going on. Doctors have advised to go for an operation. I am worried how safe the operation would be and the post surgery complications?

A. My friend, surgery for the cyst in breast is common. Any cyst in breast indicates breast cancer. These surgeries are very safe. Initially they used to cut the complete breast to remove the cyst. Now with the advanced technology, only the cyst would be removed without harming other tissues. Rather complete removal is done these days, but that depend upon the severity of the cancer. These surgeries are proven with results. If the cyst is less they will remove only the affected portion and yes they do remove some nearby tissues because there some cancer cells may lay and can arrive again. For any post surgery complications, chemotherapy treatment is also available.

Q. Should I do surgery for varicoceles? I went to an urologist and he recommended surgery, but I don’t know if I should do this…is it dangerous? Can I live with the varicocele?

A. I don’t see your problem, you said an urologist advised you to do so- that should be enough no? if you don’t trust him, go and get a second opinion. The surgery is not that bad, an hour later and you are walking out. Vary small risk of complication. I did it and it was fine.

Q. What types of gastric bypass surgeries are there? I heard all sorts of options for gastric bypass are available. What is the most in use?

A. Bariatric surgeries or – gastric bypass surgeries for weight loss fall into three categories: Restrictive procedures make the stomach smaller to limit the amount of food intake, malabsorptive techniques reduce the amount of intestine that comes in contact with food so that the body absorbs fewer calories, and combination operations employ both restriction and malabsorption. The exact one to be done should be decided with the physician according to each patients abilities and pre-operative function level.

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Gartsman GM, Taverna E, Hammerman SM: Arthroscopic rotator interval repair in glenohumeral instability: Description of an operative technique.
The development of a good operative technique begins with a thorough understanding of the involved anatomy.
The coveted award went to the ground-breaking Robotic Surgery: Theory and Operative Technique by Drs Farid Gharagozloo and Farzad Najam.
We discuss our operative technique and the degree of restored nerve function.
4] Others have not found that postoperative hemorrhage rates correlate with operative technique.
The previous indications for use were limited to those aneurysms either at high risk for management by traditional operative technique or inoperable.
Described in 38 chapters by surgeons from around the world, each technique has step-by-step instructions and information on anatomy, preoperative assessment and planning, treatment options, operative technique, potential complications and management, outcomes, and tips and tricks, with color illustrations and intraoperative photos.
Luke's Episcopal Hospital faculty and visiting faculty, and included a wet lab to provide a hands-on demonstration of the SVR operative technique.
Abundant pre- and post-surgery photos accompany the author's discussion of her approach to patient evaluation, operative planning, clinical decision-making, and operative technique.
A good understanding of flap physiology is therefore critical because it will help in 1) preoperatively defining risk factors that have a negative impact on flap performance and 2) improving operative technique.
Evolution of the operative technique has been driven by the need to achieve successful correction of pathological anatomy as well as to avoid complications.
Prior to the surgery, instruments were placed inside the lifesize 3-D holographic projection to pre-determine location, fit and operative technique.