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Overview

Surgical procedures have long and possibly daunting names. The meaning of many surgical procedure names can often be understood if the name is broken into parts. For example in splenectomy, "ectomy" is a suffix meaning the removal of a part of the body. "Splene-" means spleen. Thus, splenectomy refers to the surgical removal of the spleen (or sections thereof). "otomy" means to cut into a part of the body; a splenotomy would be to cut into, but not necessarily remove, the spleen.

The field of minimally invasive surgery has spawned another set of words, such as arthroscopic or laparoscopic surgery. These take the same form as above; an arthroscope is a device which allows the inside of the joint to be seen.

See also: Category:Surgical procedures

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  • -centesis: surgical puncture
  • -desis : fusion of two parts into one, stabilization
  • -ectomy: surgical removal (see List of -ectomies). The term 'resection' is also used, especially when referring to a tumor.
  • -oid : similar to
  • -opsy : looking at
  • -ostomy or -stomy: surgically creating a hole (a new "mouth" or "stoma")
  • -otomy or -tomy: surgical incision (see List of -otomies)
  • -plasty : replacement
  • -rrhapy: suture
  • -graphy : writing about or a representation of a specified thing

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