Boca Raton Regional Hospital offers a multispecialty, but very personalized
approach to care. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality, every year more than 15 million people in the U.S. have surgery.
There are many reasons to have surgery. Some operations can relieve or
prevent pain. Others can reduce a symptom of a problem or improve some
body function. Some surgeries are done to find a problem. For example,
a surgeon may do a biopsy, which involves removing a piece of tissue to
examine under a microscope. Some surgeries, like heart surgery, can save
In recent years there have been many advances in surgery. Not long ago, all surgeries involved cutting with a scalpel. Today, some surgeries are done with lasers. Some operations that once needed large incisions - cuts in the body - can now be done using much smaller incisions.
After surgery there can be a risk of complications, including infection, too much bleeding, reaction to anesthesia, or accidental injury. There is almost always some pain with surgery.
A Guide to Surgical Specialists can be found at American College of Surgeons.