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Anesthesia
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Anesthesia
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Before 1840, surgical patients didn't routinely receive anesthesia. Read about the progress we have made in using and understanding anesthesia.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Getting a Second Opinion Before Surgery
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Getting a Second Opinion Before Surgery
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Learn what a second opinion is and if Medicare Part B covers costs as well as what other items should be considered pertaining to a second opinion.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Having Surgery? What You Need to Know
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Having Surgery? What You Need to Know
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For patients who are facing surgery that is not an emergency. Some of the questions in this booklet may help you and your family understand more about your surgery, whether it has to be done right away or can be done later. Your doctor or nurse also can help you understand what is being done and why. (Previous item number: 120J)
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Joint Replacement Surgery
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Joint Replacement Surgery
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This easy to read publication describes joint replacement surgery including what happens during surgery and what to expect after surgery. It discusses the replacement joint (prosthesis) and reasons why individuals may need joint replacement. It includes information about research.
Available: online
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Your Rights After a Mastectomy
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Your Rights After a Mastectomy
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Federal law requires group health plans that cover mastectomies to also cover reconstructive surgery. This pamphlet answers some frequently asked questions about the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998. (Previous item number: 560Y)
Available: in print, online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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