Supportive surgery is a type of surgical procedure that is performed to support or maintain the function of a particular organ or body system. The goal of supportive surgery is to improve the patient’s overall health and quality of life by addressing any underlying issues that may be impacting their ability to function normally.
Supportive surgery can be used to address a wide range of medical conditions, including those related to the digestive, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems. The surgery may involve the placement of a device or implant, such as a pacemaker or stent, to help regulate the function of the affected organ or system.
Supportive surgery may also be used to address complications or side effects of other medical treatments, such as cancer treatments. For example, a patient receiving chemotherapy may require supportive surgery to address any issues with their digestive system or to repair damage to their vascular system.
The decision to perform supportive surgery is based on a number of factors, including the patient’s overall health and medical history, the stage and progression of the underlying condition, and the potential risks and benefits of the procedure. Supportive surgery can be an important tool for improving patient outcomes and quality of life, and may be used in combination with other forms of medical treatment to provide comprehensive care for patients with complex medical conditions.