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Decision Points About Surgery

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Decision Points are designed to guide you through key health decisions, combining medical information with your personal information to make a wise health decision. Click on a link below to learn more about surgeries for your condition:

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: Should I Have a Hysterectomy?
Achilles Tendon Rupture: Should I Have Surgery?
ACL Injury: Should I Have Knee Surgery?
Arthritis: Should I Have Hip Replacement Surgery?
Arthritis: Should I Have Knee Replacement Surgery?
Arthritis: Should I Have Shoulder Replacement Surgery?
Basal Cell Skin Cancer: Should I Have Surgery or Use Medicated Cream?
Blocked Tear Ducts: Should My Baby Have a Probing Procedure?
Blood Transfusions: Should I Bank Blood Before Surgery?
Breast Cancer: Should I Have Breast-Conserving Surgery or a Mastectomy for Early-Stage Cancer?
Breast Cancer: Should I Have Breast Reconstruction After a Mastectomy?
Bunions: Should I Have Surgery?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Should I Have Surgery?
Cataracts: Should I Have Surgery?
Circumcision: Should I Keep My Son's Penis Natural?
Dupuytren's Disease: Should I Have Hand Surgery?
Ear Problems: Should My Child Be Treated for Fluid Buildup in the Middle Ear?
Endometriosis: Should I Have a Hysterectomy and Oophorectomy?
Enlarged Prostate: Should I Have Surgery?
Fertility Problems: Should I Have a Tubal Procedure or In Vitro Fertilization?
Gallstones: Should I Have Gallbladder Surgery?
GERD: Which Treatment Should I Use?
Hammer, Claw, or Mallet Toe: Should I Have Surgery?
Heart Disease: Should I Have Angioplasty for Stable Angina?
Heart Disease: Should I Have Bypass Surgery?
Heart Valve Problems: Should I Choose a Mechanical Valve or Tissue Valve to Replace My Heart Valve?
Hemorrhoids: Which Treatment Should I Use?
Hysterectomy: Should I Also Have My Ovaries Removed?
Infertility: Should I Have Treatment?
Inguinal Hernia: Should I Have Surgery Now, or Should I Wait?
Lumbar Herniated Disc: Should I Have Surgery?
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Should I Have Surgery?
Meniscus Tear: Should I Have Surgery?
Miscarriage: Should I Have Treatment to Complete a Miscarriage?
Nearsightedness: Should I Have Laser Surgery?
Obesity: Should I Have Weight-Loss Surgery?
Ovarian Cancer: Should I Have My Ovaries Removed to Prevent Ovarian Cancer?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Should I Have Surgery?
Peripheral Arterial Disease: Should I Have Surgery?
Plantar Fasciitis: Should I Have Surgery for Heel Pain?
Prostate Cancer: Should I Have Radiation or Surgery for Localized Prostate Cancer?
Rotator Cuff Problems: Should I Have Surgery?
Scoliosis: Should I (or My Child) Have Surgery?
Sinusitis: Should I Have Surgery?
Sleep Apnea: Should I Have Surgery?
Stress Incontinence: Should I Have Surgery?
Stroke Prevention: Should I Have a Carotid Artery Procedure?
Tennis Elbow: Should I Have Surgery?
TM Disorder: Should I Have Surgery for Jaw Pain?
Tonsillitis: Should My Child Have a Tonsillectomy?
Ulcerative Colitis: Should I Have Surgery?
Umbilical Hernia: Should I Have Surgery?
Umbilical Hernia: Should My Child Have Surgery?
Uterine Fibroids: Should I Have Surgery?
Varicose Veins: Should I Have a Surgical Procedure?
Warts: Should I Treat Warts?
Wisdom Teeth: Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine

Current as ofJune 1, 2017

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