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.
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Topic: Digestive system
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.
The gall bladder is not a vital organ, so the body copes quite well without it.
Apart from surgery, other forms of treatment for haemorrhoids include dietary changes, creams, suppositories and stool-softening medication.
Surgery to correct rectal prolapse includes open abdominal surgery, keyhole surgery and anal surgery.
A stoma is an artificially created hole (stoma) in the abdomen so that faeces can still leave the body.