SURGERIES & 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.

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Liberated by Lasik 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.

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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 »

  • 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

    Having a surgical change 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 »

  • What's so minimal about "minimally invasive" coronary bypass surgery?
    What's so minimal about "minimally invasive" coronary bypass surgery?

    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? See more »

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