elective surgery

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elective surgery

Surgery Any operation that can be performed with advanced planning–eg, cholecystectomy, hernia repair, colonic resection, coronary artery bypass

e·lec·tive sur·ge·ry

(ĕ-lek'tiv sŭr'jĕr-ē)
Surgery a patient chooses to undergo although its need is neither vital nor urgent.


1. that branch of veterinary science which treats diseases, injuries and deformities by manual or operative methods.
2. the place in a hospital, or doctor's or dentist's office where surgery is performed.
3. in some countries a room or office where a veterinarian sees and treats patients.
4. the work performed by a surgeon.

basic surgery kit
the collection of instruments, wrapped, sterilized and ready for use in the majority of uncomplicated surgical procedures. The choice of instruments may vary from one surgeon to another, but generally there are tissue forceps, thumb forceps, sponge forceps, hemostats, towel clamps, scalpel handle and needle holder. Scissors and needles may be added after cold sterilization.
bench surgery
surgery performed on an organ that has been removed from the body, after which it is reimplanted.
cold steel surgery
that performed with traditional cutting instruments; to distinguish from cryosurgical and electrosurgical methods.
cosmetic surgery
performed to improve the appearance, or change the appearance, of the animal; surgery that is not necessary for the health of the animal. Other than ear cropping and tail docking, where performed, generally discouraged or considered unethical for animals as it is usually done for purposes of improving their appearance in the show ring or to disguise traits that might be heritable.
elective surgery
surgery carried out at a time convenient to client and surgeon. The opposite of emergency surgery. Distinctly different to cosmetic surgery.
experimental surgery
that carried out as part of a planned experimental protocol, usually on animals selected specifically for the purpose and which are often sacrificed afterwards. Increasingly, use of animals in this way is under the control of institutional or governmental authorities.
plastic surgery
that concerned with the restoration, reconstruction, correction or improvement in the shape and appearance of body structures that are defective, damaged or misshapen by injury, disease or anomalous growth and development.
replacement surgery
transplanting of tissues or organs from another host. Not commonly undertaken in veterinary surgery.
veterinary surgery
see veterinary surgery.
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Elective surgery was defined as the surgery of patients having (some) pre-operative diagnosis, have been investigated for operability, co-morbid physical pathologies treated and risk for anaesthetic complications assessed through outpatients department.
and Milorad Paunovic in their study demonstrated a significant increase in incidence of postoperative tissue and wound complications in emergency than elective surgery (p<.
They say "a key finding of these two studies is that introducing patient choice for elective surgery in the New Labour market did not reduce quality elsewhere in hospitals".
Our audit standards were set as follows: all patients with any type of diabetes had HbA1c checked within 18 weeks prior to elective surgery and had a scheduled appointment with the GP or practice nurse to optimise glycaemic control if HbA1c was above 8%.
It will reduce disruption to patients, there will be less elective surgery cancelled and it will also reduce infection rates.
The next group, Category 2, includes patients needing some types of cancer surgery and minor anaemia, while Category 3 covers patients having elective surgery which is likely to require donor blood.
Non-urgent elective surgery would go on a non-stop schedule once enough doctors and nurses were recruited into the NHS in Wales.
They did not wait any longer for elective surgery than patients in the highest socio-economic group.
The team obtained nasal tissues removed from patients undergoing elective surgery to treat chronic rhinosinusitis.
have met with selected European regulatory authorities to review the clinical development plans for Oxygent(TM) (perflubron emulsion), an intravascular oxygen carrier intended to avoid the need for donor blood in elective surgery.