-ectomy, -ectome, -ectomize

(Greek: a suffix; cut, excise, surgical removal of)

laparohysterosalpingo-oophorectomy (s) (noun) laparohysterosalpingo-oophorectomies (pl)
Removal of uterus and adnexa (uterine tubes and ovaries) through an abdominal incision.
An abdominal myomectomy; surgical removal of a uterine myoma (leiomyoma) through an abdominal incision.
Removal of a kidney by an incision in the loin.
laparosalpingectomy (s) (noun), laparosalpingectomies (pl)
1. Abdominal salpingectomy; removal of a uterine tube through an abdominal incision.
2. An opening into an oviduct made through an abdominal incision.
laparosalpingo-oophorectomy (s) (noun), laparosalpingo-oophorectomies (pl)
Removal of the fallopian tube and ovary through an abdominal incision.
Laparotomy with excision of the spleen.
Surgery to remove part or all of the larynx resulting in a partial or total laryngectomy.

In either operation, the surgeon performs a tracheostomy, creating an opening called a stoma in the front of the neck which may be temporary or permanent.

Air enters and leaves the trachea and lungs through this opening. A tracheostomy tube, also called a trache tube, keeps the new airway open.

A partial laryngectomy preserves the voice. The surgeon removes only part of the voice box, just one vocal cord, part of a cord, or just the epiglottis, and the stoma is temporary.

After a brief recovery period, the trache tube is removed, and the stoma closes up. The patient can then breathe and talk in the usual way. In some cases, however, the voice may be hoarse or weak.

In a total laryngectomy, the whole voice box is removed, and the stoma is permanent. The patient, called a laryngectomee, breathes through the stoma. A laryngectomee must learn to talk in a new way.

Resection, or excision, of both the larynx and the pharynx (hollow tube that starts behind the nose and ends at the top of the trachea [windpipe] and esophagus [the tube that goes to the stomach]).
lens fibers
The highly modified epithelial cells that form the main mass of the lens of the eye.
Removal of the lens of the eye by an infusion-aspiration (introduction of a fluid) cutter; often done by puncture incision through the pars plana (darkly pigmented posterior zone) during the procedure of vitrectomy.
The surgical removal of the lens of the eye.
Splenectomy: excision of or an operation which removes the spleen.
Surgical removal of the lingula of the upper lobe of the left lung.
1. Surgical removal of fatty tissue, as in cases of adiposity.
2. The excision of a mass of subcutaneous adipose tissue, as from the abdominal wall; also called adipectomy.

Related cutting-word units: cast-; castrat-; -cise, -cide; mutil-; put-; sec-, seg-; temno-; -tomy; trunc-.

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