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Surgical Operations Terminology
When you are admitted to hospital it can seem to be quite daunting and the terminology people use confusing. You may be being admitted for a procedure or an operation, which is called "routine surgery". Emergency admissions for conditions or accidents cause more anxiety for the patient as well as the family.
If at any point if you don’t understand what procedure or operation is being done or it hasn’t been explained to you to your satisfaction, don’t be afraid to ask. The surgeon or one of the team who are looking after you will always ask for your consent (click here for information on Consent Forms) either written of verbally prior to undertaking any procedure or operation.
Here are brief explanations of some of the common terms you might hear:-
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