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|I usually use the term to mean both a c-section that is one option, even if the other options are not recommended, and a c-section that is not an emergency. So a c-section for breech presentation would be an elective c-section, and a repeat scheduled c-section is an elective repeat cesarean. The term as I use it medically is not meant to suggest that the cesarean isn't necessary, or preferable. A cesarean done under emergency conditions is not elective.|
|What are the different types of surgery? Depending on the diagnosis, a patient has several surgery options:
Optional or Elective Surgery - A procedure you choose to have, which may not necessarily be essential to continue a good quality of life. An example would be to have an unsightly mole or wart removed.
Required Surgery y - A procedure which needs to be done to ensure quality of life in the future. An example would be having kidney stones removed if other forms of medication and treatments are not working. Required surgery, unlike emergency surgery, does not necessarily have to be done immediately.
Urgent or Emergency Surgery - This type of surgery is done in reaction to an urgent medical condition, such as acute appendicitis.
Originally Posted by doctorjen
Generally, in hospitals (where the majority of surgeries are performed anyway) the word "elective" does not mean anything about the necessity of surgery, but rather the timing of surgery. ......
When I write "elective repeat cesarean section" in the chart, I am not meaning to imply any judgement of necessity, only that due to the circumstances, we are able to pick a day, and do the surgery under calm circumstances on a well prepared mother. I think most docs use the term the same way I do.