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1. pertaining to an operation.
2. effective; not inert.
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1. Relating to or effected by means of an operation.
2. Active or effective.
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(ŏp′ər-ə-tĭv, -ə-rā′tĭv, ŏp′rə-)
1. Relating to or resulting from a surgical operation.
2. Functioning effectively; efficient.
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1. Relating to, or effected by means of an operation.
2. Active or effective.
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Patient discussion about operative

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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Risk factors, mechanisms of injury and anatomic junctions are well defined, so developed operative techniques must: achieve isometry, strength, prevent redislocations, minimize complications and improve patients' quality of life [41-46].
Representatives from companies such as DePuy, Smith & Nephew and Zimmer will lead discussions such as how to tackle issues at stake for the industry's future regarding market trends, pricing, innovation processes, R&D and evolutions in operative technique. Furthermore, examination will be given to differences between the American and European device markets.
NEW YORK -- A new endoscopy-supported operative technique in which lymph nodes are dissected without axillary incision is feasible, safe, and appears to result in both fewer lymph seromas and dramatically improved arm mobility for breast cancer surgery patients.
Male to female conversions are generally more successful in terms of operative technique and patient satisfaction in cosmetic appearance and sexual rehabilitation.
"It was not so much a disaster waiting to happen, but in theatre he didn't even use his own operative technique and after that very unfortunately did not recognise early enough that things had gone wrong and that necrosis (death of tissue) had set in.
He is famous for developing a highly successful operative technique to treat a Popliteal Aneurysm (a weakened artery wall behind the knee) which was often fatal.
Moreover, we have no comparison to prove the superiority of our operative technique against the traditional open technique.
With regard to the teaching of undergraduate surgery, there is a lot of uncertainty as to how much operative technique a student should know.
Pedrozo said the respondents failed to submit after five working days their affidavits and documents such as the cardiopulmonary clearance, documents stating the surgical operative technique, complete hospital chart and progress notes of the patient.
Operative Technique: Standard cardiopulmonary bypass was established in every patient using bicaval venus cannulation and ascending aortic cannulation.
There was a statistically significant difference in age among the patients treated with standard operative technique and standard graft (group I) and those with hamstring graft tendon and standard operative technique (group II), as well as between group I patients and those with bone-hamstring tendon-bone graft and hybrid operative method (group III patients) presented as t=1.9695 and p=0.0545 and t=2.1544 and p=0.0372, respectively.
Data was collected about demographics, indication for colostomy and urgency, details of colostomy reversal, including pre-operative variables, like American Society of Anaesthesiology (ASA) scoring, antibiotic use, and bowel preparation, presence of confounders such as smoking and diabetes mellitus, intra-operative variables like operative technique, staple vs.