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Tip: Study shows surgery OK anytime

Anyone undergoing elective surgery often has the chance to choose a hospital and surgeon with the highest success rates for the procedure. But once you have the where and the who, what about the when?

There are many anecdotal stories about good and bad times to schedule surgery. Some say mornings are best, others say avoid Fridays and all of July and August.

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic wanted to find out if the time and day a person had elective surgery affected outcomes, so they analyzed 32,000 elective surgical patients at that highly ranked hospital to see how many died within 30 days of surgery. Their conclusion: "Elective general surgery appears to be comparably safe at any time of the workday, any day of the workweek, and in any month of the year."

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