Surgical Diagnosis

Unless it is an emergency, you and your physician may discuss surgery as a way to correct your condition upon diagnosis. This decision is based on careful evaluation of your personal medical history and subsequent medical tests, such as blood tests, X-rays, MRI, CT scan, electrocardiogram, or other laboratory work performed to determine the exact diagnosis.

Types of surgery

Depending on the diagnosis, a patient has several surgery options:

Optional or elective surgery

A procedure you choose to have, which may not necessarily be essential to continue a good quality of life. An example would be to have an unsightly mole or wart removed.

Required surgery

A procedure which needs to be done to ensure quality of life in the future. An example would be having kidney stones removed if other forms of medication and treatments are not working. Required surgery, unlike emergency surgery, does not necessarily have to be done immediately.

Urgent or emergency surgery

This type of surgery is done in reaction to an urgent medical condition, such as acute appendicitis. Learn more about emergency surgery.

Purpose of surgery

Surgery, whether elective or required, 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 diseased tissues or organs
  • Remove an obstruction
  • Reposition structures to their normal position
  • Redirect channels
  • Transplant tissue or whole organs
  • Implant mechanical or electronic devices
  • Improve physical appearance

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Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

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PHYSICIAN HELPLINE

Phone: 1-866-742-4811
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.

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