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Determining If Surgery Is Indicated Based on Rate of Symptom Progression & Life Expectancy

Purpose:

To decide whether a person with an asymptomatic anatomic condition that may or may not progress should have surgery or be observed.

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Objective:

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Description:

The decision whether or not to perform surgery for a condition requires balancing possible risks and benefits. Stylopoulos et al used a model to help decide whether a patient with paraesophageal hernia should undergo surgery or should be observed.

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