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A 47-year-old member asked:

what is selective surgery?

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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Elective perhaps?: Elective surgery is a surgery you want to be done without a medical indication. Plastic surgery falls into this category.
Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care 42 years experience
Elective, in this sense, means surgery you choose to have. You choose to have a hip replacement, opting as to whether you have it done and when you have it done. Having surgery for a ruptured appendix is NOT elective, but rather emergency surgery or urgent surgery. Certainly, cosmetic surgery falls in this category, but not all Plastic Surgery is elective.
Apr 4, 2012
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 39 years experience
I would say that most "elective" surgery actually has a medical indication. Good examples are inguinal hernia repair and cholecystectomy for mildly symptomatic gallstones. What makes the surgery "elective" is that one can elect to do the surgery sooner or later or not at all. Most such "elective" operations are covered by insurance companies and Medicare/Medicaid. I would put cosmetic surgery in a different category altogether. Such procedures are generally not covered by 3rd-party payors. The other category would be urgent or emergent surgery, such as, appendectomy for appendicitis, operation for abdominal gunshot wound, operation for bowel obstruction, etc.
Aug 3, 2013

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a risk to the surgery?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Which surgery?: In general all surgery has some risks. The risk from the anesthesia ( severe allergy, hypotension, respiratory or cardiac arrest) the risk during surgery of bleeding, perforarion of viscera, leaving instruments, gauze or towels inside, the risk after the surgery with infections, the risk of clots, the risk of not achieving the desired goal, the risk of scars internally (adhesions) or externally.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do you normally show the patient the hardware that you will use in the surgery?

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Dr. Denise Reeves
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Not usually: Surgeons use a variety of instruments or hardware in the operating room. Sometimes we will show patients what an implant looks like, or other object that is specialized, but the run of the mill equipment is not usually shown.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What would cause doctors to postpone surgery?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Several things: Surgeries can be cancelled or postponed due to a number of reasons. The patient can be too ill to undergo surgery, abnormal lab results, need for additional diagnostic information, or time not available, problems with equipment necessary for surgery, sick surgeon, emergencies, and natural disasters.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Do you have to pay for surgery in a public county hospital?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Of course: Of course, why not? Medical care is not free, even at public hospitals. All the "public" in public hospitals means is that the government owns and runs the hospital. You still pay for all medical care either directly or through insurance (private or public).
A 30-year-old member asked:

How often do attending physicians let the residents or fellows do most of your surgery?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
IT varies: If you are going to a teaching institution is it very common with the attending being present.

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