Understanding Surgery

( 1 )
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $12.50   
  • Used (4) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780828320610
  • Publisher: Branden Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 494
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I
1. Introduction 14
2. History of Surgical Procedures 16
3. Educating the Surgeon 22
4. Introduction to Surgical Sub-specialties 27
5. The Surgeon's Office 31
6. The Operating Room 34
7. Outpatient Surgical Center 37
8. Emergency Room 39
9. The Preoperative Workup 42
10. Talking to Your Surgeon, Second Opinions, Credentials and Qualifications 46
11. Postoperative Care 50
12. Complications 53
13. Infection and Antibiotics 57
14. Knives, Lasers, Cautery 62
15. Laparoscopy 64
16. Peritonitis 67
17. Rehabilitation 69
18. Hemorrhage, Coagulation and Transfusions 72
19. Pulmonary Embolism 76
20. Diabetes Mellitus and Surgery 80
21. Wound Healing 83
22. Anesthesia 86
23. Burns 89
24. Sutures, Staples and Drains 92
25. Laboratory Values 96
26. Radiology and Diagnosis for the Surgeon 100
27. Alcoholism, and Drug and Other Addictions and Surgery 103
28. Contributions from the Sub-specialists 105
29. Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy for Cancer 107
Part II
A. General Surgery
30. Hernias - Inguinal, Femoral, Umbilical, Ventral & Esophageal 111
31. Breast 117
32. Gall Bladder and Bile Ducts 123
33. Appendix 128
34. Colon 132
35. Stomach 142
36. Esophagus 149
37. Small Intestine 152
38. Adhesions 156
39. Thyroid and Parathyroid 158
40. Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue 164
41. Liver 168
42. Pancreas 173
43. Lumps and Bumps 176
44. Pilonidal Disease 177
45. Hemorrhoids, Anal Fissure, Fistula in Ano 178
46. Abscesses, Infections, Cellulitis, Dehiscence and Evisceration 181
47. Cancer - What type of operation - Biopsy, Excision, Complete Resection, Partial Resection, Palliation, Debulking, Bypass 183
48. Spleen 186
49. Trauma - An Overview 190
50. Diaphragm 194
51. Transplantation 195
B. Vascular Surgery
52. Vascular Access - IV sites, Central Lines, Peripheral Lines and PICC Lines, Hickman, Groshong, and Tessio Catheters, Dialysis Access (A-V Fistulas - Cimino, A-V Grafts, Quinton Catheters) 199
53. Carotid Surgery and Stenting 203
54. Aortic Surgery and Aneurysms 208
55. Peripheral Vascular Procedures 212
56. Renal (Kidney) Artery Surgery for High Blood Pressure 216
57. Trauma 218
58. Endovascular Surgery 221
59. Veins - Varicose Veins, Ulcers, Phlebitis 223
C. Urologic Surgery
60. Catheters - Foley, Ureteral, Suprapubic, Nephrostomy Tubes 229
61. Prostate 232
62. Bladder 236
63. Kidney and Stones 240
64. Ureters and Stones 245
65. Penis and Testicles 247
D. Orthopedic Surgery
66. Fractures 254
67. Tumors 263
68. Amputations 266
69. Spinal Surgery - Discs, Scoliosis, and Other Stuff 269
70. Joints 274
71. Hands 278
72. Endoscopic Surgery 283
73. Replantation of Limbs 284
E. Gynecological Surgery
74. Hysterectomy - Removing the Uterus 288
75. Tubes and Tubal Ligation; Ovaries 296
76. Vagina, Hymen 299
77. Gynecological Oncology - Female Cancer 304
78. Laparoscopy 311
F. Neurosurgery (Brain and Spinal Cord)
79. Trauma 312
80. Brain Tumors and Brain Aneurysms 321
81. Spinal Cord 325
82. Pressure on the Brain, Hydrocephalus, and Infections 327
G. Thoracic (Chest) Surgery
83. Tracheostomy 330
84. Lungs 333
85. Thoracoscopy 337
86. Infections and Fluid in the Chest - Empyema, Pneumothorax, Hemothorax 339
87. Cancer of the Lung 342
88. Ribs and Chest Wall 347
89. Thymus 351
H. Cardiac (Heart) Surgery
90. The Anatomy and Function of the Heart 354
91. Heart Valves 358
92. Coronary Artery Disease (CABG - Coronary artery bypass grafts), on and Off the "Pump" 362
93. Congenital Deformities, Unusual Surgery and Heart Transplantation 368
I. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
94. Skin Grafts and Flaps 377
95. Breast Surgery Augmentation and Reduction Mammoplasties, Reconstruction After Mastectomy 380
96. Facial - Facelift, Brow Lift, Rhinoplasty, Cheek and Chin, Laser and Acid Treatment 384
97. Liposuction and Abdominoplasty 387
98. Common Congenital Repairs 389
J. Ophthalmic Surgery (Eyes)
99. Anatomy of the Eyes; Lids, Lacrimal Apparatus and Conjunctiva 393
100. Uvea, Sclera, Cornea, Lens (Cataracts), Retina 398
101. Glaucoma 402
102. Strabismus (Misalignment of the Eyes) 405
103. Trauma; Refractive Surgery - Keratotomy and Lasers 407
K. Oto-Rhino-Laryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
104. Ears 411
105. Nose and Sinuses 417
106. Mouth, Tongue, Pharynx and Larynx 421
107. Salivary Glands and Facial Nerve 426
108. Head and Neck & Emergencies 429
L. Pediatric Surgery
109. Congenital (Things You're Born With) Surgery and Pediatric Neoplasms (Tumors) 435
110. Why Kids Are Different from Adults 443
111. Conclusion 445
112. Glossary 447
113. Useful Surgical References 485
114. Index 487
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2008

    Berman's Understanding Surgery in Second Edition!

    I highly recommend Dr. Joel Berman's Understanding Surgery for your home medical reference bookshelf! I was pleased to be asked to review the 2008 second printing of this major effort, and found that, just as the title says, it is A Comprehensive Guide for Every Family! One thing I want to quickly point out. Although this book is geared toward Surgery i.e., Dr. Berman provides complete information that is needed as you are considering surgery, I found that the book is so well presented and written, that it is easily also a wonderful overall medical reference manual. For instance, if you have something that is bothering you in your chest, there is an extensive index that can be used to find different issues to review. Also, since there is no way to totally eliminate the use of hard-to-understand medical terms, Dr. Berman has included an extensive glossary that is written in easily understandable words. I admit that I'm one of those individuals who is afraid to hear 'the bad news' because I find it hard to understand and thus fear interactions with doctors and potential surgeons. However, right from the start of the book, Dr. Berman has taken the time to make readers feel more comfortable--he has written silly, funny, and sometimes outrageous limericks to start each conversation. Then he moves very professionally into describing exactly what is involved and what the patient and family needs to know as they explore the option for surgery. The manual is divided into two parts. The second part includes a single chapter on anything and everything that may be operable (and even a little about what is not). Dr. Berman moves from his own 'general surgery' area, which includes such things as gall bladder, appendix, and transplants. Then he moves into areas for which specialists are normally sought, moving through various parts of the body from head to feet, (including plastic surgery) describing what may be problems, and then what can and would be done through surgery. Each narrative includes detailed diagrams of the affected body area, clearly marked for use in understanding the actual process. While Part II will be the more important part of this reference manual on an ongoing basis, I found Part I to be very informative. Oftentimes, professionals, especially specialists, are brought in to handle a specific task, or surgery. While we, the patients are grateful, we have no idea what has actually taken place! Dr. Berman, in Part I, has taken care of this problem! He begins with a brief history of surgery, education of the surgeon and then specialties that have been developed. He talks about the details that we, the patients, wouldn't immediately think about if we were in pain, but that would be very important to us, if we weren't seeing the individual for an immediate medical reason. The book includes what questions to explore with the surgeon(s). Part I takes us into the surgeon's office, into the operating room and/or an outpatient surgical center, as well as the emergency room. He ensures that we need to talk to our surgeon, consider second opinions, credentials, and qualifications of the individuals involved. Then the issues of postoperative care, complications, infections and antibiotics are covered. The potential use of lasers or laparoscopy (a method of operating which uses only a few small openings into the abdomen) are, first, explained, and then reviewed as options. The importance of rehabilitation is covered thoroughly. Then more detailed information on problem areas, such as hemorrhage, the issue of diabetes and surgery and problems with wound healing, as well as the importance of anesthesia and the professional in that area are discussed. In fact, as I reviewed the book, I could not think of anything that I could want to know that was not at least mentioned by Dr. Berman. And, if more information was suggested, then he also provided references, including his first book, Comprehensive Breast

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)