Surgery Sourcebook, 3rd Ed.

Health Reference Series

Surgery Sourcebook, 3rd Ed.

Web Price: $85.00

Millions of people undergo surgery each year at hospitals or same-day surgery centers in the U.S. Whether it is done to relieve pain, prevent or treat a serious health condition, or repair trauma, surgery carries significant risks, but new developments in surgical technique have helped minimize surgical complications and patient risks.

Surgery Sourcebook, 3rd Edition, describes the most common surgical procedures and discusses preparations patients might want to make prior to surgery, as well as postsurgical physical discomforts, nutrition and exercise considerations, and recovery strategies.

The book is organized in the broad subject areas detailed below. Please see the Table of Contents for a more complete understanding of the comprehensive coverage offered in Surgery Sourcebook, 3rd Edition.

Part I: Introduction to Surgery provides basic information about surgical specialties, including general surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, and urology. It also discusses specific types of surgical techniques (e.g., cryosurgery, laparoscopic surgery, laser surgery, etc.) and special surgical considerations with pediatric and geriatric patients.

Part II: Preparing for Surgery offers information on finding a qualified surgeon, obtaining a second opinion, preparing for surgery, choosing ambulatory care, dealing with preoperative anxiety, and other related issues.

Part III: Common Types of Surgery and Surgical Procedures provides details about head and neck, eye, dental and endodontic, breast, lung, heart and vascular, joint and spine, gastrointestinal, weight-loss (bariatric), gynecologic and obstetric, and urological surgeries. Information is also provided on cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures, surgery for skin cancer, organ transplants, and emergency and critical care surgery.

Part IV: Managing Pain and Surgical Complications discusses methods for controlling postoperative pain, managing blood loss, and preventing surgical site and healthcare-associated infections that may develop during hospitalization. Other surgical complications, such as abdominal adhesions, deep vein thrombosis, pneumonia, sepsis, and shock, are also discussed.

Part V: Recovering from Surgery includes information on hospital discharge planning; postsurgical nutrition and exercise recommendations; caring for incisions, surgical drains, and ostomy bags; and safety concerns when driving and traveling after surgery.

Part VI: Additional Help and Information provides a glossary of terms and a directory of relevant organizations.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 6 x 9
  • 550-650 pages per volume
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters
  • Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters focus on single topics within a part
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts


"Excellent overview of the most common types of surgical procedures, the explanations of the surgeries are concise and direct. Readers can easily flip through to the surgery they are having to learn how to prepare for it. The helpful hints for before and after surgery are helpful for any patient. ... A well-organized, easy-to-read book."

—Doody's Review Service, July '13

"Includes information for inpatient and outpatient procedures. ... Has a comprehensive index and surgery statistics. It also contains Website information for further information. Large public libraries and medical libraries would benefit from this material in their reference collections."

—American Reference Books Annual, 2014