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
Last Reviewed Date: 10/28/2014
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