Before surgery. As opposed to postoperative, after surgery.

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  • Preoperative care

    Care given before surgery when physical and psychological preparations are made for the operation, according to the individual needs of the patient. The preoperative period runs from the time the patient is admitted to the hospital or surgicenter to the time that the surgery begins.

  • Prepatellar bursitis

    Inflammation of the bursa that is positioned in front of the kneecap (patella). Prepatellar bursitis commonly occurs as a result of repeated trauma to the knee such as from kneeling on hard surfaces in an occupation. Also known as housemaid’s knee and roofer’s knee.

  • Prepubertal

    Before puberty, the period during which secondary sex characteristics start to develop and the capability for sexual reproduction is attained.

  • Prepuce

    The fold of skin that covers the head of the penis. Also known as the foreskin. Only about 1 in every 20 boys is born with a retractable foreskin. This reflects the fact that the histologic (tissue) development of the foreskin is usually not complete at birth. The foreskin is thus not fully separable from […]

  • Prepuce, inflammation of the

    inflammation of both the glans and foreskin. Circumcision prevents balanoposthitis. Without a foreskin, there can of course be no posthitis and hence no balanoposthitis. An uncircumcised boy should be taught to clean his penis with care to prevent infection and inflammation of the foreskin. Cleaning of the penis is done by gently, not forcibly, retracting […]

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