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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.

For consumer friendly overview of over 170 common surgical and related medical procedures, visit our surgical brochures page. These brochures include information on benefits, complications and recovery. An A-Z listing of all the brochures is also available.

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Knee replacement surgery

Knee replacement surgery removes a diseased knee joint and replaces it with an artificial joint.


A laminectomy is a surgical incision into the vertebra to obtain access to the spinal cord.

Quadriplegics - tendon transfer surgery

Many quadriplegics could live more independent lives with a highly specialised operation called tendon transfer surgery.

See also Surgical brochures - Orthopaedic