According to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 75 million inpatient and outpatient surgeries are performed annually in the United States. Surgical procedures are often necessary to prevent or relieve pain, reduce problematic symptoms, improve body functioning, or search for signs of disease. Although making informed health care decisions about surgical procedures can be frustrating and confusing, research shows that patients who take time to learn about treatments prior to surgery often feel more satisfied with the outcome.
Surgery Sourcebook, Second Edition provides updated information about common types of surgical procedures-including oral, eye, gastrointestinal, gynecologic and obstetric, head and neck, heart and vascular, orthopedic, cosmetic and reconstructive, and urological surgeries-associated risks, and potential complications. Postsurgical healing and recovery concerns, such as caring for wounds, managing pain, and maintaining adequate nutrition, are discussed, and tips for choosing a surgeon, getting a second opinion, and paying for procedures, are included. A discussion of surgical innovations and current controversies is also provided, and the book concludes with a glossary of related terms and a directory of resources.