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1. pertaining to an operation.
2. effective; not inert.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. Relating to or effected by means of an operation.
2. Active or effective.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


(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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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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He warned the operatives of the Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks against taking laws into their hands stating that government would not tolerate them manhandling any offender.
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"While most of the operatives used false identities, they left a long trail of paper and electronic records that enabled investigators to retrace their movements in detail," recounted the Washington Post.
Welfarism, it will be argued, frequently worked against the operatives' cultural understanding of what site life meant.
Undercover operatives can attend such gatherings, or officers acting alone can surveil the location and make arrests.
But instead of taking this tip and reporting the hell out of it--calling everyone who might have been in on the conference call and tracking as many GOP operatives on or near military bases as he could find--Tapper just drops it in for a half page at the end of a chapter and writes that the lack of subpoena power prevents him from tracking it any further.
But the openness must be attributed to the CIA's Publications Review Board, which permitted description of past covert operations, use of the names of agency stations abroad, and even revelation of the identities of retired operatives. Just a half-dozen years ago, that type of information could not be cleared for public mention, even in Iran-contra criminal trials and congressional hearings.
I will have the opportunity to share the benefits that being a co- operative has brought.''