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Surgical Care

How Wounds Heal
How Wounds Heal Most of us take wound healing for granted. If you get a small cut, you may clean and cover it with a bandage, and move on with your life. Yet under that bandage (or in the open air), the body orchestrates a complex cascade of events designed to heal wounds big and small. The basic steps of wound healing are: Stopping the bleeding (hemostasis). When your skin is cut, scraped, or punctured, you usually begin to bleed. Within minutes or even seconds, unless you have a bleeding disorder, blo...
Intra-Abdominal Abscess
Intra-Abdominal Abscess What is an intra-abdominal abscess? An intra-abdominal abscess is a collection of pus or infected fluid that is surrounded by inflamed tissue inside the abdomen. It can involve any abdominal organ, or it can settle in the folds of the bowel. What causes an intra-abdominal abscess? Intra-abdominal abscesses sometimes happen because of another condition. An example might be appendicitis or diverticulitis. Many cases, however, happen after surgery. Abdominal abscesses can be caused ...
Postoperative Management
Postoperative Management Recovering From Surgery / Intensive Care After Surgery: Discomforts and Complications Pain Management Discharge Planning
Preparing for Surgery
Preparing for Surgery As with any type of surgery, there are certain preparations that need to take place. Determining what preparations are necessary will depend on what type of surgery you have and the type of anesthesia that will be given. The following are considerations for you to discuss with your doctor or surgeon before your procedure: Ask the surgeon to explain the benefits, risks, and expectations of the procedure. Discuss what type of anesthesia will be given and what recovery time is expecte...
Surgery Overview
Surgery Overview Types of Surgery The Surgical Setting Purpose of Having Surgery
Surgery Statistics
Surgery Statistics According to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics, 45 million inpatient surgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2007, followed closely by outpatient surgeries. Other surgical statistics for both in- and outpatient procedures include: Hysterectomy: 517,000 Cesarean section: 1.3 million Reduction of fracture: 677,000 Coronary artery bypass graft: 405,000 Total knee replacement: 543,000 Total hip replacement: 230,000
Surgical Site Infections
Surgical Site Infections Your skin is a natural barrier against infection. Even with many precautions and protocols to prevent infection in place, any surgery that causes a break in the skin can lead to an infection. Doctors call these infections surgical site infections (SSIs) because they occur on the part of the body where the surgery took place. If you have surgery, the chances of developing an SSI are about 1% to 3%. Types of surgical site infections An SSI typically occurs within 30 days after sur...
Topic Index - Surgical Care
Topic Index - Surgical Care Surgery Home Surgery Overview Types of Surgery The Surgical Setting Purpose of Having Surgery Questions To Ask Before Surgery Preoperative Management Preparing for Surgery Tests Performed Before Surgery The Surgical Team Types of Anesthesia and Your Anesthesiologist Checklist for Surgery / Consent Forms / Insurance Information Intraoperative Care The Day of Surgery / Getting Ready For Surgery / The Operating Room Methods of Surgery Other Techniques of Surgery Common Surgical ...