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Being an informed patient helps you make the best health care choices for your care. Below, you can read more about the latest surgical advances and techniques while also taking in some advice to help you make those important decisions.

Surgery: What You Need to Know

How to Select a Surgeon
Preparing for Surgery (PDF)
Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Having Surgery
Anesthesia Q & A
Putting Yourself First with a Second Opinion
Physicians Are Often the First to Seek a Second Opinion
Surgery: A Nurse's Perspective
When it Comes to Surgery, Age is Just Part of the Equation

Navy Pilot Flying High after Leading-Edge Surgery for Rectal Cancer
Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery for Kidney Cancer
Questions to Ask Your Surgeon
Brothers Beat Kidney Disease with Transplant
The Whipple Procedure
Post-Surgery Tips

Surgical Advances

Live Donor Kidney Transplant Program Thriving at BIDMC
Creating a Virtual World to Train Surgeons, Develop Operations of the Future
Clinical Pathway: What It Is and Why You Need One
CyberKnife: Surgery Without Cutting
The Facts on Open vs. Robotic Prostatectomy
The Pain of Varicose Veins

The Latest Techniques

Surgery of the Future: Surgeons Using Printers to make 3D Patient Models
A 'Navel' Idea: New Technique can Remove Gallbladder with One Small Incision
Minimally Invasive Surgery Offers Greater Options for Esophageal Cancer
New Technology Means Kidney Cancer can be Treated Laparoscopically
Minimally Invasive Procedure Successfully Treats Brain Aneurysms
Aortic Aneurysm Repair Made Easy
Hernia Repair: Is Laparoscopic Always Best?
The Whipple Procedure
Minimally Invasive Back Fusion Surgery Spares Complications

Procedures for Women

Incisionless Sterilization Gaining Popularity
Minimally Invasive Procedure Effective for Treating Fibroids in Some Women
New Treatments for Urinary Incontinence
Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Procedures on the Rise
Breast Reconstruction: New Procedure Spares Abdominal Muscle

Contact Information

Department of Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
West Campus, Lowry Medical Office Building
110 Francis St.
Boston, MA 02215

Surgery Quiz

How much do you know about surgery? Take this quiz (8 questions), courtesy of the Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
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