Purpose of Having Surgery

What is the purpose of surgery?

Surgery, whether elective or urgent, is done for a multitude of reasons. A patient may have surgery to:

  • Further explore the condition for the purpose of diagnosis
  • Take a biopsy of a suspicious lump
  • Remove or repair diseased tissues or organs
  • Remove an obstruction
  • Reposition structures to their normal position
  • Redirect blood vessels (bypass surgery)
  • Transplant tissue or whole organs
  • Implant mechanical or electronic devices
  • Improve physical appearance


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