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What is elective surgery?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not urgent
Surgery that is not urgent.
For example a gun shot wound needs to be operated on right away. A knee replacement, though, important can be scheduled ahead of time, electively.

In brief: Not urgent
Surgery that is not urgent.
For example a gun shot wound needs to be operated on right away. A knee replacement, though, important can be scheduled ahead of time, electively.
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Elective
Not urgent.

In brief: Elective
Not urgent.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Planned
Elective surgery is one that is planned and is usually done as an outpatient, meaning you go home the same day.
It may or may not be for medical reasons. A special kind of elective surgery is cosmetic surgery for cosmesis only.

In brief: Planned
Elective surgery is one that is planned and is usually done as an outpatient, meaning you go home the same day.
It may or may not be for medical reasons. A special kind of elective surgery is cosmetic surgery for cosmesis only.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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