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    Question do an operation

    Can you say that a doctor "does an operation" or only "performs an operation"?

    eg: "I did a difficult operation this morning operation."

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    Re: do an operation

    Quote Originally Posted by guicoelho View Post
    Can you say that a doctor "does an operation" or only "performs an operation"?

    eg: "I did a difficult operation this morning operation."

    Thanks a bunch,

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    In any kind of formal setting, "perform" is used.

    But informally, and especially--as in your example--if a surgeon is chatting with his colleagues, "do" is perfectly all right. I did a difficult operation this morning.
    Last edited by abaka; 19-Jan-2009 at 21:11.

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    Re: do an operation

    You could also use 'carried out'.

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    Re: do an operation

    You can also use 'had'.

    A pilot can say 'I had a difficult landing this morning.'

    A surgeon can say 'I had a difficult operation this morning.'

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    what's the difference between procedure and operation?

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    Re: do an operation

    A doctor might have a precise answer, but this layman would say that an operation might involve several procedures.

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    Re: do an operation

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    A doctor might have a precise answer, but this layman would say that an operation might involve several procedures.

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    I am not a teacher.

    A surgeon can say 'I had a difficult operation this morning.'
    I think saying had in this instance would not be correct. To me it indicates that the operation was done to the doctor.
    I would say "I had a difficult operation to do/perform this morning."

    As to the operation vs procedure, I think that a procedure is not always surgery, whereas in medical terms, operation is always surgery.

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    Re: do an operation

    Quote Originally Posted by searching for language View Post
    i am not a teacher.

    a surgeon can say 'i had a difficult operation this morning.'
    i think saying had in this instance would not be correct. To me it indicates that the operation was done to the doctor.
    1...theoretically a patient could say 'i had a difficult operation this morning.', but a surgeon is much more likely to say that.
    2...you wouldn't think that the landing was done to the pilot.

    i would say "i had a difficult operation to do/perform this morning."
    when the surgeon or pilot says 'i had a difficult.....', the "to do/perform" part is understood.
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    Re: do an operation

    A pilot can say 'I had a difficult landing this morning.'

    This could (but not likely) mean that the pilot was a passenger in another plane and experienced a difficult landing.

    If you want to be precise in the landing and who did it, say "I landed my/the plane with difficulty this morning." or "It was difficult for me to land the plane."

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    Re: do an operation

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    A pilot can say 'I had a difficult landing this morning.'

    This could (but not likely) mean that the pilot was a passenger in another plane and experienced a difficult landing. But that's not the meaning I am talking about.

    If you want to be precise in the landing and who did it, say "I landed my/the plane with difficulty this morning." or "It was difficult for me to land the plane."
    Those sentences don't sound very natural, and they suggest that the problem was a lack of skill.


    'I had a difficult landing this morning.' suggests that factors other than pilot skill made the landing difficult.
    The original sentence is 'I ___ a difficult operation this morning.' "had" is very commonly used in that context.

    Surgeons also say things like 'I have four operations today.'

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