Surgeries and Procedures

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.


The strong and sticky goo of the Dusky Arion slug provided scientists with unlikely inspiration for a glue that sticks well to wet surfaces.

Despite the very long waiting lists for donor kidneys in the U.S., a study found that transplant centers often reject these organs for nebulous reasons.

This new study could present alternative to drugs with negative side effects. And parents of pre-surgery children experience less anxiety, too.

You won't believe some of the emergency medical procedures people have performed under duress. They range from sucking out venom to performing a Caesarean birth. Could you do the same?

The groundbreaking surgery opens up exciting options for other cancer patients, injured war veterans and people who have otherwise experienced severe pelvic injuries.

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

Don't let myths and rumors keep you from saving lives. Learn the facts about organ donation and learn how you can help.

Want to learn more about heart transplants? Get Dr. Oz's answers to common questions about heart transplants here.

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?

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?

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?

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.

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?

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.

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?

In one surgery, the doc pries open your chest. In the other, he cuts a little slit in your side and inserts a robotic arm. Which one seems less invasive to you?

Plastic surgeries are becoming more and more common throughout the country. In 2005, more than 1.8 million cosmetic surgeries and 8.4 million invasive cosmetic procedures were performed.

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?

Doctors turn to surgeries and procedures for coronary heart disease when diet and exercise don't work, or when blood flow is severely restricted. Learn more about these treatments.

Those desperate to shed weight to reduce health risks may consider weight-loss surgery. Find out what doctors consider in a surgery candidate how the procedure is done and what lifestyle changes must be maintained after the surgery.

Promising almost instant, nearly painless vision correction for a few thousand dollars, Lasik surgery is nearly irresistible. But before exposing your only set of eyes to the procedure, know that Lasik isn't foolproof, and isn't for everyone.

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.

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?

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