[Fr. procédure, ult. fr. L. procedere, to go forward]
A particular way of accomplishing a desired result.
procedural (prŏ-sē′jŭ-răl), adj.
SEE: Arterial switch.
SEE: Burch procedure
A surgical procedure for cancers of the head and neck in which the entire tumor, neighboring lymph nodes, and a portion of the mandible are removed.
ABBR: EXIT A modification of a cesarean delivery, in which the fetus remains attached to the umbilical cord after delivery until its airway is securely intubated. The EXIT procedure is used during those assisted births in which severe airway obstruction or respiratory insufficiency is suspected.
SEE: Fontan procedure
SEE: Hartmann procedure
SEE: Heller procedure
SEE: Kasai procedure
A surgical procedure for atrial fibrillation, in which the right and left pulmonary veins are isolated and the left atrial appendix is surgically removed. Incisions are made to disrupt the irregular fibrillatory flow of electricity through the atrium, constructing a path shaped like a labyrinth, which directs energy solely from the sinoatrial node to the atrioventricular node. The procedure is often performed during other heart surgeries, e.g., coronary artery bypass grafting.
SEE: Mustard procedure
ABBR: PNP A laboratory procedure to determine the presence of a lupus anticoagulant in a blood sample. The test is performed by adding platelet membranes to a plasma sample having a prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT). The normalization of the APTT after the addition of the platelet membranes suggests the presence of the anticoagulant.
SEE: Puestow procedure
SEE: Rashkind procedure
SEE: Ross procedure
Any operation undertaken in two or more separate parts, with a lull between the two stages to facilitate tissue healing or clearance of infection.
SEE: Toupet procedure
The treatment of patients who have already have in place a degenerating prosthetic heart valve with a new valve delivered by a catheter (rather than by open heart surgery). The device is implanted inside the base ring of the old valve.
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