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