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4 responses to “What “Elective Surgery” really means”

  1. SunlessNick

    So elective covers essentially everything that’s not an immediate drop-everything emergency? I didn’t know that; thankyou tigtog.

  2. Deborah

    That was all new to me too. It’s very useful to know what “elective” really means in this context. Thanks, Tigtog.

  3. sajbrfem

    I think this phrasing also contributes to the way ‘elective cesarean’ is so often translated into ‘too posh/lazy/whatever to push’. The word ‘elective’ implies equally valid options with the deciding factor being personal preference, which, as you have pointed out, is not necessarily the case.

  4. tigtog

    I hadn’t thought of that, but I’m sure you’re right.

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