surgerysur‧ge‧ry /ˈsɜːdʒəri $ ˈsɜːr-/ ●●○S3W2 noun (plural surgeries)1[uncountable]MHmedicaltreatment in which a surgeoncuts open your body to repair or remove something inside → operationsurgery onShe required surgery on her right knee.surgery for He underwent surgery for lung cancer.in surgeryShe was in surgery for two hours Thursday. →cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery2[uncountable] especially American EnglishMH the place where operations are done in a hospitalsyn operating room American English, theatre British EnglishDr. Hanson is in surgery.3[countable] British EnglishMH a place where a doctor or dentist gives treatmentsyn office American English4[uncountable] British EnglishMH a regularperiod each day when people can see a doctor or dentistsyn office hours American EnglishSurgery is from 9 am to 1 pm on weekdays.5[countable] British EnglishPGP a special period of time when people can see a Member of Parliament to discuss problemsCOLLOCATIONSverbshave surgeryLeslie had surgery on her toe last year.undergo surgery formal (=have surgery)He underwent surgery to remove a bullet from his chest.There are risks if you choose to undergo surgery.do/carry out surgery (also perform surgery formal)A San Antonio doctor has volunteered to perform the surgery at no cost.need surgery (also require surgery formal)He is likely to need surgery in the near future.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + surgerysuccessfulThe surgery was successful and he’s recovering well.major/minor surgeryHe will require major surgery to remove the lump.The president will undergo minor surgery today to remove a small growth from his finger.heart/knee/brain etc surgeryShe is now fit again after knee surgery.emergency surgery (=done quickly, in an emergency)The teenager underwent emergency surgery after a bullet pierced her lung.cosmetic/plastic surgery (=surgery to improve someone’s appearance)More and more people are choosing to have plastic surgery.laser surgery (=surgery done using a laser)The doctor suggested laser surgery to improve her sight.keyhole surgery (=surgery done through a very small hole in the skin)The operation will be done using keyhole surgery.elective surgery formal (=surgery that is not necessary, but you choose to have)There are often long waiting times for elective surgery.COMMON ERRORS ► Don’t say ‘make surgery’. For a doctor, say perform surgery or carry out surgery. For the patient, say have surgery or undergo surgery.