post·​sur·​gi·​cal ˌpōs(t)-ˈsər-ji-kəl How to pronounce postsurgical (audio)
postsurgically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web After five days in intensive care, he was sent home from the hospital—along with verbal instructions and a 28-page document on postsurgical care. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2023 The researchers noted that depression and anxiety can raise postsurgical complication rates and affect long-term survival rates. Elizabeth Millard, Time, 18 Nov. 2022 Implanted in rats, the device produced pain-relieving effects, suggesting its utility for treating people for postsurgical pain or some other forms of localized pain. Stephani Sutherland, Scientific American, 1 July 2022 While Efraín underwent a series of postsurgical therapies, the finished prosthesis was constructed out of carbon fiber. Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Some were seeking guidance on how to qualify as an essential business — could a clothing store sell candy and soda, could a beauty salon offer postsurgical massages or list Botox injections as a medical procedure? New York Times, 21 Dec. 2021 Thanks to my sister's expert guidance—which minimized my postsurgical pain—and the talented health care professionals at Johns Hopkins hospital, the procedure was a success. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings,, 12 Oct. 2021 California hospitals had 14 percent fewer postsurgical deaths than New Jersey and 11 percent fewer than Pennsylvania, when matched for variables other than staffing ratios. Roni Jacobson, Scientific American, 14 July 2015 According to postsurgical guidelines spearheaded by Johns Hopkins last year, those surgeries should require at most 30 pills for a bypass, and 10 pills for minimally invasive gallbladder removal, lumpectomy and minimally invasive hysterectomy. Julie Appleby,, 11 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of postsurgical was in 1923

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“Postsurgical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


post·​sur·​gi·​cal -ˈsər-ji-kəl How to pronounce postsurgical (audio)
: postoperative
postsurgical swelling
a postsurgical patient
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