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Purpose of Having Surgery

What is the purpose of surgery?

Surgery, whether elective or emergency, is done for many 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

Medical Reviewers:

  • Demuro, Jonas, MD
  • Karlin, Ronald, MD