Palliative surgery is a type of surgical procedure that is performed to relieve symptoms or improve the quality of life for patients with advanced or terminal medical conditions. The goal of palliative surgery is to manage pain, discomfort, and other symptoms that can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life, rather than to cure or treat the underlying condition.
Palliative surgery can be used to relieve symptoms such as pain, difficulty breathing, or difficulty swallowing, which can be caused by a variety of medical conditions including cancer, heart disease, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The surgery may involve the removal of a tumor or other growth that is causing pressure or discomfort, or the insertion of a device such as a stent to help keep airways open or relieve blockages.
Palliative surgery is often used in cases where other forms of treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, have been ineffective or are not an option due to the patient’s overall health or medical condition. The decision to perform palliative surgery is based on a number of factors, including the patient’s overall health, the stage and progression of the underlying condition, and the potential risks and benefits of the procedure.
Overall, palliative surgery can play an important role in improving the quality of life for patients with advanced or terminal medical conditions, and can help manage symptoms and provide relief from pain and discomfort.