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    How do you select the word procedure, surgery or operation?

    I heard doctors frequently say procedure, surgery or operation. What is the difference between the procedure, surgery and operation? Does the procedure usually mean no stitches while surgery does and operation is the same as surgery? Does operation include both surgery and procedure? Does surgery include procedure? Can you explain it?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Mar-2017 at 08:09. Reason: Changing 'difference among' to 'difference between'.

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    Re: How do you select the word procedure, surgery or operation?

    Surgery is anything that involves cutting into flesh or bone. All "operations" are surgery. "Procedures" on the other hand may or may not involve surgery.

    All of this is medical jargon.

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    Re: How do you select the word procedure, surgery or operation?

    In terms of scope, "procedure" covers the widest, followed by "surgery" and "operation". A procedure is a general term which refers to a list of tasks to be performed. A surgery involves physical treatment to any part of a body. Dental treatment can also be considered surgery. Operation is about opening up the body.
    Last edited by tedmc; 29-Mar-2017 at 06:45.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: How do you select the word procedure, surgery or operation?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Surgery is anything that involves cutting into flesh or bone.
    Not necessarily. For example, laser eye surgery does not involve any cutting.

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    #5

    Re: How do you select the word procedure, surgery or operation?

    Sure it does. It cuts with a laser.

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    Re: How do you select the word procedure, surgery or operation?

    I disagree. I don't think it necessarily "cuts".

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    #7

    Re: How do you select the word procedure, surgery or operation?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LASIK

    See "flap creation" and the animation.

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    #8

    Re: How do you select the word procedure, surgery or operation?

    A surgeon performs surgery (uncountable noun so don't say a surgery).
    Surgery takes the form of an operation (countable noun). A heart transplant is an operation. This is an example of heart surgery.
    Every operation has a procedure (the methodical way it is done), which is carried out by the surgeon.

    (I would say that surgery always involves some kind of cutting, whether with a laser or scalpel or other instrument.)

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    Re: How do you select the word procedure, surgery or operation?

    I disagree. A laser may burn or ablate tissue. It needn't cut into it.

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    Re: How do you select the word procedure, surgery or operation?

    Man, we are really down to splitting microscopic hairs here. I have a daughter who is a surgeon. She laments that she cannot get enough OR time to perform as many operations or surgeries as she would like to. So surgery is countable, at least in some contexts.

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