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Purpose of Having Surgery

What is the purpose of surgery?

Surgery, whether elective or urgent, is done for a multitude of reasons. A patient may have surgery to:

  • Further explore the condition for the purpose of diagnosis

  • Take a biopsy of a suspicious lump

  • Remove or repair diseased tissues or organs

  • Remove an obstruction

  • Reposition structures to their normal position

  • Redirect blood vessels (bypass surgery)

  • Transplant tissue or whole organs

  • Implant mechanical or electronic devices

  • Improve physical appearance

Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Online Medical Reviewer: Turley, Ray, BSN, MSN
Date Last Reviewed: 10/28/2014
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