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Definition of Elective surgery

Elective surgery: Surgery that is subject to choice (election). The choice may be made by the patient or doctor.

For example, the time when a surgical procedure is performed may be elective. The procedure is beneficial to the patient but does not need be done at a particular time.

As opposed to urgent or emergency surgery.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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