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Who is not a candidate for surgery in a doctor's office?

There may be times when a person is not a good candidate to have surgery in a doctor's office. For example, people with severe chronic diseases like heart conditions, lung problems or diabetes may be referred to a hospital or outpatient surgical center where their specific medical conditions can be managed better.

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