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The Gem Brochos 54b says

ארבעה צריכין להודות:יורדי הים, הולכי מדברות ומי שהיה חולה ונתרפא ומי שהיה חבוש בבית האסורים

Four types of people have to give thanks … sick people who were healed

Medical practice includes prophylactic procedures. (See the results of this Google search). Surgery, for example, can be instituted to remove a potential threat to the patient's health even though the patient exhibits no symptoms now.

Is there discussion in the poskim whether a prophylactic procedure on a patient without symptoms is sufficient cause to necessitate “bensching gomel” = Blessing of Thanksgiving ?

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    I would think that just undergoing surgery is dangerous enough that one would be able to bentch gomel. – Scimonster Nov 3 '15 at 11:56
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    I was told it was any time the patient is under general, regardless of the reason. – rosends Nov 3 '15 at 14:00
  • @Danno Who told you please? Did he give a source? – Avrohom Yitzchok Nov 3 '15 at 14:07
  • @AvrohomYitzchok it was 16 years ago - I don't remember which person told me, but he wasn't issuing a psak to a shailah. He was passing along info that he "knew." – rosends Nov 3 '15 at 14:08
  • @AvrohomYitzchok check this link chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/115308/jewish/… and look in the comments for the word "surgery". The question asked mentions only the general, not the nature of the surgery. – rosends Nov 3 '15 at 14:12

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