Surgeries can be stressful experiences, but learning about the procedure beforehand can ease your mind. Research various surgeries and use our Surgery Dictionary for easy-to-understand explanations of surgical procedures, so you can be prepared.
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What's the difference between angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery?

One of these surgeries is significantly more expensive and will have you bedridden. The other is cheaper and you'll be on your feet in no time. Which is which?

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  • 10 Post-trauma Reconstructive Surgeries

    10 Post-trauma Reconstructive Surgeries

    When most of us hear the words "plastic surgery," we think of cosmetic procedures like tummy tucks or nose jobs. But some surgeries improve how the body functions, not just how it looks. What post-trauma reconstructive surgeries do people need most? See more »

  • 5 Celebrities Who Had Heart Bypass Surgery

    5 Celebrities Who Had Heart Bypass Surgery

    We often expect celebrities to be in better health than us "regular people." After all, their wealth means that they have unlimited access to the best care that money can buy. While this might be true, celebrities aren't invincible. Many celebrities over the years have undergone heart bypass surgery. See more »

  • Gastric Bypass Surgery

    Gastric Bypass Surgery

    Obesity is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States, but many people cannot lose enough weight through diet, exercise and medication. On average, how much weight can be lost through gastric bypass surgery? See more »

  • How Tooth-in-eye Surgery Works

    How Tooth-in-eye Surgery Works

    It may sound crazy initially — using a tooth to repair eyesight — but it's a very real surgery with a pretty impressive track record. See more »

  • Is colon cleansing a good idea?

    Is colon cleansing a good idea?

    If toxic sludge was building up in your intestines, you'd want to get it out, pronto. Could a colonic irrigation restore you to a state of perfect health, or is it all just bunk? See more »

  • Knee Replacement Overview

    Knee Replacement Overview

    It's the biggest joint in the body and it's fun to bounce soccer balls off of -- it's the knee. But when arthritis or wear and tear destroys it, you might need a replacement. See more »

  • Lasik Surgery

    Lasik Surgery

    Lots of people are trading in glasses and contacts for more permanent vision correction. Curious about vision correction surgery? Find out if you're a candidate for LASIK and see how the process works. See more »

  • Stages of Gender Reassignment

    Stages of Gender Reassignment

    Transitioning from one gender to another is hardly an overnight process, with many steps from point A to B. What are the stages of gender reassignment? See more »

  • What is a heart bypass operation?

    What is a heart bypass operation?

    Heart bypass operations were once very dangerous, but now they're almost commonplace. How are these procedures done, and how do they fix a person's heart? See more »

  • What is transgender voice surgery?

    What is transgender voice surgery?

    Of those who go under the knife to switch genders, many will opt for a procedure to alter their voice to match their new sex. What is transgender voice surgery? See more »

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