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FAQ's about Surgical Site Infections- (PDF)

A surgical site infection (SSI) is an infection that occurs after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery took place. Infections develop in about 1 to 3 out of every 100 patients who have surgery. If you are planning to have surgery, find out what you can do to help prevent SSI's.

Review Date: March 26, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Questions and Answers about Hip Replacement

Learn about hip replacement surgery, alternative treatments, recovery and rehabilitation after the surgery.

Review Date: December 16, 2011

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse

A Guide to Surgical Specialists

There are many types of surgeons. This document provides an overview about the surgical specialties.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

American College of Surgeons

Considering Surgery?

Deciding to have surgery can be difficult, but an informed decision may be easier to make once you know why surgery is necessary and whether there are other treatment choices. Your surgeon can help. Talk with your surgeon about your condition and the recommended procedure.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Dermatologic Surgery

Using a variety of surgical, cosmetic, reconstructive and non-surgical techniques, dermatologic surgeons diagnose and treat conditions of the skin, hair, nails, veins and nearby tissues.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

American Society For Dermatologic Surgery

Do's and Dont's for the Treatment of Spider and Varicose Veins

Due to some predisposed conditions, varicose and spider veins may be inevitable for some people. However, there are many preventative measures and medical techniques available to diminish the appearance and pain associated with these vein conditions.

Review Date: December 31, 2012

American Society For Dermatologic Surgery

FDA Office of Women's Health: Liposuction

Learn about liposuction: how to choose a doctor, where to report problems you might experience with the procedure, and more.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Find a Dermatologic Surgeon

The purpose of dermatologic surgery is to repair and/or improve the function and cosmetic appearance of skin tissue. Search by name, state, or procedure to find a dermatologic surgeon.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

American Society For Dermatologic Surgery

Find a Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Search by city, state, and name to find a foot and ankle surgeon.

Review Date: March 15, 2013

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Find a Free Skin Cancer Screening

Choose healthy sun safe behaviors, including skin cancer prevention. Find a free skin cancer screening in your area. This site also offers a locator service for finding dermatologic surgeons.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

American Society For Dermatologic Surgery

Find a Hand Care Provider

Search for a hand surgeon or hand specialist by city, state, zip code, or name. Members include orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, general surgeons, microsurgeons, and hand therapists.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

American Association for Hand Surgery

Find a Member of the American College of Surgeons

Search for surgeons in your area who are members of the American College of Surgeons.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

American College of Surgeons

Find a Vascular Specialist

This site enables you to locate a vascular specialist by last name or georgraphic state.

Review Date: January 24, 2013

Society for Vascular Surgery

Find an American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Surgeon Near You

This member directory can help you find a AAFPRS Facial Plastic Surgeon near you. Click on a state or province on the map to begin your search of the United States and Canada.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Find an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Use this search map to locate an American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons member surgeon. Select a state to view a list of doctors in your area.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Giving Your Informed Consent

This document covers questions you should ask your doctor before consenting to surgery. The topics covered include the risks involved in the procedure, what to expect during the recovery period following surgery, and more.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

American College of Surgeons

Having Surgery? What You Should Know Before You Go

How can you and your loved ones safeguard against surgical site infections? Read on to find out.

Review Date: March 26, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Phakic Intraocular Lenses

Learn about phakic intraocular lenses, thin lenses implanted permanently into the eye to correct nearsightedness (myopia) and reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses. Find out if you are a good candidate and what to ask your doctor.

Review Date: December 08, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Pituitary Disorders Treatment Options

Learn about hormone replacement therapy, surgery and radiation as treatment options for pituitary disorders.

Review Date: February 25, 2013

Hormone Health Network

Should You Seek Consultation (Second Opinion)?

There are no hard-and-fast rules to tell you when consultation (or second opinion) is needed. Ask your surgeon questions before you agree to an operation.

Review Date: July 25, 2011

American College of Surgeons

Tonsils and Tonsillectomies

This article provides information about tonsils, tonsillitis, and tonsillectomies.

Review Date: March 22, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

Total Joint Replacement

The goal of joint replacement is to relieve pain caused by damage done to the cartilage. Find answers to questions on joint replacement surgery.

Review Date: February 21, 2013

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Why Visit a Hand Surgeon?

Learn more about the specialized training and experience hand surgeons have, and how they can help you with a hand injury, disease or condition.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

American Society for Surgery of the Hand

X-Plain™ Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Vascular Surgery: Reference Summary- (PDF)

A review of the risks and benefits of surgery for people suffering from an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Review Date: January 24, 2013

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM