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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.


What's the difference between angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery?

 What's the difference between angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery?

Angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery are two very different procedures. Learn more about angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery. See more »

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

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

Minimally invasive heart surgery means that the doc cuts a slit in your side and inserts a robotic arm. Learn about minimally invasive heart surgery. See more »

20 Most Common Plastic Surgeries

 20 Most Common Plastic Surgeries

Plastic surgeries are becoming more and more common throughout the country. Find out which plastic surgery procedures are performed most often. See more »

Gastric Bypass Surgery

 Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is the most common form of weight loss surgery. Learn about gastric bypass surgery and find out how gastric bypass surgery is conducted. See more »

Coronary Heart Disease Surgeries and Procedures

 Coronary Heart Disease Surgeries and Procedures

Coronary heart disease procedures may be warranted when symptoms are severe. Learn when you may need an invasive procedure for coronary heart disease. See more »

About Weight-loss Surgery

 About Weight-loss Surgery

Weight-loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is a permanent procedure, that requires a lifetime commitment to what you eat. Learn more. See more »

 Liberated by Lasik Surgery

Become liberated with Lasik surgery, freeing you from contacts and glasses. Learn about being liberated with Lasik surgery at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Lasik Surgery

 Lasik Surgery

LASIK surgery corrects vision with a laser in seconds. Learn about LASIK surgery, the lasers used in LASIK surgery and recovery info and possible risks. See more »

What is a heart bypass operation?

 What is a heart bypass operation?

What does it mean when someone has a heart bypass operation? See more »

 Upper GI Endoscopy

Looking for facts about GERD? Learn about upper GI endoscopy from Discovery Health. See more »