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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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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?


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?

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.

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?

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?

20 Most Common Plastic Surgeries

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.

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?

Coronary Heart Disease Surgeries and Procedures

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.

About Weight-loss Surgery

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.

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.