Definitions for "Prophylactic Surgery"
Surgery to remove one or more organs (such as the breasts and ovaries) that are at the significant risk for the future development of cancer.
A surgical procedure designed to prevent the development of a disease. For example, prophylactic mastectomy is the removal of one or both breasts in an effort to prevent breast cancer in individuals who carry a mutation in a breast cancer gene and are therefore at high risk of developing breast cancer.
Surgery to ward off disease.