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Surgery is an operation to investigate or treat a disease or injury. Ask your surgeon to explain what you can expect and any risks involved. Take time to understand the information when deciding about surgery.

For consumer friendly overview of over 170 common surgical and related medical procedures, visit our surgical brochures page. These brochures include information on benefits, complications and recovery. An A-Z listing of all the brochures is also available.

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Topic: Digestive system

Anal fissure

Around half of cases of anal fissures heal by themselves with proper self-care and avoidance of constipation.


An appendectomy is usually carried out on an emergency basis to treat appendicitis.

Stoma after ileostomy or colostomy

A stoma is an artificially created hole (stoma) in the abdomen so that faeces can still leave the body.

See also Surgical brochures - General surgery