All surgery requires a set of medical tools, typically found in the Operating Theatre, along with an operating table.
For every tools there are ghetto analogues. Using them lowers chances of performing a surgical step correctly, wounding your patient. Hover your cursor over the item's picture to see its name. Next to the items are the success rates.
Beginning of any Operation
Step 1: Place the patient onto the operating table (80%). Do this by selecting grab intent. Then click the patient twice in a row until you have an aggressive grab. Then left click the operating table to place the patient on it. Switch back to help intent or your surgery will fail.
- If there is no operating table, you can use: Stasis bed (80%), any table (60%), any bed (50%), ask them to lie on the floor (30%). Chances of successfully completing every step will be reduced. To perform advanced surgeries an operating table is required.
- The stronger the alcohol, the more effective! The formula is: 0.1*(booze power/65). For example: Ethanol gives +10% success chance, Manly Dorf +15%, Bacchus' Blessing +46%.
To abort a surgery, hold a cautery in one hand and drapes in the other, and use the drapes on the patient.
You can perform certain surgeries on yourself, albeit with major chances of failing, so it is better to put all the chances on your side and operate on yourself with appropriate tools, on an operating bed and using sterilizine, if you don't want to fail the same steps 20 times. Not every surgeries can be performed as self-surgery, a good rule of thumb is that operations on the chest and head that require sawing the bone off can't be done. You can't augment your limbs either, although you can amputate them and then replace them with cyborg appendages. But there is an exception to this. If you do surgery on robotic parts, be it because you're an IPC or that you're already augmented, you can do every surgeries on these limbs. And without much more chances of failling compared to normal surgeries.
Procedures requiring no research or computer
This surgery covers operations to remove/insert organs (brain, heart, appendix), lizard/cat tails, cyber implants and alien embryos.
The body part to target depends on which procedure you want to do.
See below for details about each procedure.
Ordinary organs that require Organ Manipulation
These organs are present in every normal human, and can be removed or transferred through the Organ Manipulation surgery type.
The source of consciousness, and where the player actually resides. Removing the brain from a body will make it unclonable through normal means. The brain can also be inserted into an MMI to allow it to speak, and to prepare it to be inserted into a Cyborg or an AI. Or it can be transferred into another body, which can then be cloned or defibrillated with the new host.
Changelings' brains are vestigial, and they can survive without them. Beheading a changeling will not prevent one from reviving.
Note: Brains can also be removed by beheading the target and using a sharp object on the head to extract the brain.
Note: There's also a non-surgery method to put a brain back in:
Required for basic survival, removing it will cause a heart attack, dealing huge amounts of oxygen damage until a new, beating, heart is inserted, or death. This can be delayed with epinephrine, if you need more time.
On their own, hearts only beat for a short time when removed from a living body. To get a heart beating again, click on it while it's in your hand.
Heart attacks can also be induced by Initropidril, and a heart attack may continue if you insert a still heart in a patient. In either case, to restore the heart to normal functionality, the patient needs to either be defibrillated or receive an electric shock.
They're required for sight. Removing them will, obviously, turn the patient blind. Some races' eyes can see in the dark.
Required for hearing. Removing them will make the patient deaf.
Required for processing reagents. Removing the liver will cause the patient to take heavy toxin damage.
Required for breathing. Removing the lungs will cause the patient to suffocate, regardless of air or internals. Some species have mutant lungs that don't need air: transplanting them onto an breathing race will transfer this property.
Required for digesting food.
Affects speech. Lacking a tongue will make speech very hard to comprehend, while mutant tongues such as lizards' or flypeoples' will give the patient the race's speech quirks. Abductors' tongues carry over their telepathy, but they prevent normal speech.
Removing it cures appendicitis and prevents it in the future, too.
Other organs that require Organ Manipulation
There are also non-natural organs which can be added to give bonuses or to harm the patient in a few cases.
Cybernetic Implants File:Toolset arm implant.png
These offer benefits to the patient at the cost of being very vulnerable to EMPs, with malfunctions ranging from eye-flashing to heart attacks. Cybernetic implants always require the Organ Manipulation type surgery, even for arms. Cybernetic implants can be printed by Robotics or the medbay techfab after research.
Cybernetic organs replace organs entirely. You need to remove the corresponding organ first to make room for the cybernetic organ. They are vulnerable to EMPs. Cybernetic organs can be printed by Robotics or the medbay techfab after research.
An alien larva growing inside the patient. If not removed quickly enough, it will gib the patient and try to escape, growing into a dangerous Xenomorph.
A latent infection in the patient's head, caused by Romerol. If the patient dies while affected by Romerol, he will eventually rise as an aggressive Zombie. This will repeat as long as the infection lasts; removing it surgically, cutting the head off, or gibbing the corpse will prevent resurrection.
Romerol is infective, and anyone hit by a zombie while unprotected will also acquire a Romerol Tumor.
Prosthesis Organ Manipulation
Alien Organ Manipulation
Used to remove or add organs from Xenos.
This surgery is an extended organ manipulation, cutting open the chest cavity and removing a disfunctional lobe within the lungs. This restores health to the lungs, and makes them operable, if they weren't before. Be warned, however, that this surgery can only be done once per set of lungs. Can only be performed if the patient's lungs are above 60 damage, which is a tad past severe damage thresholds. Do NOT confuse this surgery with lobotomy!
This surgery is an extended organ manipulation, cutting open the chest cavity and grafting a bypass onto the patient's heart. This restores health to the heart, and makes it operable, if it was not before. Be warned, however, that this surgery can only be done once per heart, and that incising the heart and attaching the graft are not guaranteed successes. Keep bandages on hand in the event of failing the step, which will result in massive amounts of bleeding. Can only be performed if the heart has more than 60 damage (tad past severe damage threshold).
Removes damaged parts of the liver so that the liver may regenerate properly. A liver healing surgery, similar to Coronary Bypass and Lobectomy. This liver surgery only shows up as an option when liver damage is above 50 and the liver itself is not failing.
Failing the last scalpel step will deal damage to the liver.
Removes 22% of reagents from the patient's bloodstream. Doesn't work if the patient is a husk or has no reagents in their system.
Sever a limb from the torso. Tails are handled under Organ Manipulation (groin).
Replace a severed limb with either a normal or a robotic limb.
Replace a limb with a robot part. The head, torso, arms, and legs can all be augmented. Augmenting torso makes you immune to appendicitis and xeno larva.
Robot limbs are tougher. They need welding to "heal" brute damage and wires for burn damage, and cannot be otherwise healed. EMP pulses will hurt augmented humans.
We can rebuild him. We have the technology.
Implant/Remove an object in the chest. Tiny and small items can be implanted. Implanting a flashlight allows the patient to toggle it on or off. Implanting grenades is also often done. You can only have one cavity implant at a time.
Extracts mindshield, tracking, chemical, traitor, explosive implants and such. If you don't have an empty implant case in your other hand, the implant will be ruined on extraction!
This allows you to insert pills/patches into a tooth cavity, allowing you to pop it any time to ingest it. This works for both stimulants and suicide pills.
|Step 1: Surgical Drill: Drill a hole in a tooth.||(60%) (60%) (20%)|
|Step 2: Pill/Patch: Insert a pill/patch.|
This procedure cures all severe and basic traumas and reduces brain damage by a large amount. Failing step 5, however, causes hefty brain damage. (Note: this was previously known as 'brain surgery', but the term has been changed.)
This fixes all damage done to eyes (fixing blindness), except genetic. Failing step 4 will cause 70 brain damage to the patient.
Removal of Embedded Objects
Extracts objects stuck in the body such as throwing stars or spears.
|Step 1: Scalpel: make an incision.||(65%) (45%) (75%) Any other sharp item (30%)|
|Step 2: Remove: Hands: Remove object.|
If the patient's face is damaged and unrecognizable it restores it, otherwise it change the face and identity of the patient.
Removes excess fat from the patient. Can only be selected if the patient is fat.
The target is resurrected by this surgery. It works on any non-husked corpse with a head, even if it doesn't have a heart. If the body has sustained too much damage, it'll die immediately after the revival. You can circumvent this by applying synthflesh or performing Tend Wounds beforehand.
Slime Core Removal
Remove core from slime. Step 2 must be repeated for every core if slime has several. Mostly obsolete with existence of slime grinder, but still possible.
|Step 1: Scalpel: make an incision.||(65%) (45%) (75%) Any other sharp item (30%)|
|Step 2: Hemostat: extract core.||(60%) (35%) (15%)|
These surgeries are available roundstart but can be upgraded to better or different versions by researching certain nodes and then syncing a connected operating computer.
The tend wounds surgeries all share the same steps. They can be upgraded by researching certain nodes, and then syncing the operating computer with research database. There are "bruises", "burn" and "Mixture" versions. By default only "bruises" and "burn" are available. The basic versions of this surgery can be performed anywhere, but the upgraded versions require an operating table (or Stasis bed) with an adjacent and synced operating computer.
The target is healed by this surgery, without any chemicals being involved. Useful for healing dead bodies for revival. This works on patients with clothes on, but it's only 55% as effective.
- Step 2 will heal at least 5 damage each time it's repeated, with an added bonus the more damaged the patient is. This the bonus healing becomes higher with higher tiers of research, ranging from (patient's damage / 75) to (patient's damage / 12.5). The bonus is much lower on dead patients.
- Without any research the heal is 5 damage plus a bonus from damage. ("bruises" and "burn" versions only).
- With Improved Wound-Tending Surgery researched and synced, it will heal 5 damage plus a higher bonus from damage ("bruises" and "burn" versions only).
- With Advanced Surgery researched and synced, it will heal 5 damage plus an even higher bonus from damage ("bruises" and "burn" versions only).
- With Advanced Surgery researched and synced, you'll be able to do the "mixture" version (tend physical wounds), which heals 3 brute and burn plus a bonus from damage, but the step takes much shorter time than the other two versions.
- With Experimental Surgery researched and synced, "tend physical wounds" will heal 3 brute and burn plus a better bonus from damage.
- With Alien Surgery researched and synced, "tend physical wounds" will heal 1 brute and burn plus a very high bonus from damage.
- Failing the hemostat step will deal some of the damage it would have healed.
- You can hold a Health Analyzer in your other hand to see your patient's remaining wounds while treating them.
If research was completed in the middle of surgery, you must restart the surgery to get the upgraded version.
The dissection surgeries all share the same steps. They require an operating table (or Stasis bed) with an adjacent operating computer. They can be upgraded by researching certain nodes, and then syncing the operating computer with research database. The procedure will deeply analyze the biology of a corpse (both humanoid and simple), and automatically add new findings to the research database. This generates research points for science. Does not work on living patients. Unlike other surgeries, even cyborgs can fail step 5.
This is how many research points a successful dissection will generate without upgrades.
|Any simple mob||300|
This is how much the above base points are multiplied by researching upgrades.
|Research Node||Surgery Name||Point Multiplier|
|Advanced Surgery||Thorough Dissection||2|
|Experimental Surgery||Experimental Dissection||5|
|Alien Surgery||Extraterrestrial Dissection||10|
- If you fail step 5 you only get 1% of the points, but you can try again on the same corpse.
- If you dissect a corpse and later do an upgraded dissection on the same corpse, you will only get the point difference between the two versions.
- If no upgrades were made between dissections, you can't dissect the same corpse again for extra points.
These surgeries require the Advanced Surgery research node. After it is researched you must sync an operating computer (click "View Surgery Procedures" and then "Sync with research database") to unlock the procedures. Advanced surgeries can only be performed on an operating table (or Stasis bed) with a connected operating computer.
Used to cure deep-rooted brain traumas. This can cause a random, permanent trauma, or if lucky, a random special trauma which gives you rare powers. Requires the "Advanced Surgery" technology.
These surgeries require the Experimental Surgery research node. After it is researched you must sync an operating computer (click "View Surgery Procedures" and then "Sync with research database") to unlock the procedures. Experimental surgeries can only be performed on an operating table (or Stasis bed) with a connected operating computer.
The target becomes essentially becomes permanently pax-ed, and can no longer perform direct violent actions.
Requires the "Experimental Surgery" technology.
The circulatory system is woven into a mesh, severely reducing the amount of blood lost from wounds. Requires the "Experimental Surgery" technology.
Adds a muscled membrane to blood vessels, allowing them to pump blood without a heart. Requires the "Experimental Surgery" technology.
Nerves are connected to each other multiple times, greatly reducing stun times. This caps stun times to 4 seconds. Requires the "Experimental Surgery" technology.
Nerves form a safe path for electricity to traverse, making the user nigh immune to all electric shocks. Requires the "Experimental Surgery" technology.
Reshapes the connections between torso and limbs, making it so limbs can manually be attached if severed. However this weakens the connection, making limbs easier to detach as well. Requires the "Experimental Surgery" technology.
Adds a protective tissue and bone cage around the connections between the torso and limbs, preventing dismemberment. However, the nerve connections as a result are more easily interrupted, making it easier to disable limbs with damage. Requires the "Experimental Surgery" technology.
The target is forced into a symbiotic relationship with a virus. It makes the virus stay at stage 1 where it's usually harmless, but still infective to others .
Note: The target must already be infected before you can initiate this surgery with the drapes. The target must be dosed with at least 5 units of Virus Food, Formaldehyde, and Spaceacillin for the "Viral Bond" step to work. This surgery will not hide the virus icon from medical huds.
Requires the "Experimental Surgery" technology.
These surgeries require the Alien Surgery research node, which requires the Alien Technology node, which can only be revealed from deconstructing certain abductor items. After it is researched you must sync an operating computer (click "View Surgery Procedures" and then "Sync with research database") to unlock the procedures. Alien surgeries can only be performed on an operating table with a connected operating computer.
The target of this surgery, when successful, is bound to a primary goal you assign to them, you do so by writing the Objectives you want them to do in the Notes field (Step 5), after you are done they can see whatever you have added in their IC notes. They must follow these objectives, regardless of allegiance. This can be cured through brain recalibration or with a mindshield implant. Requires either the brainwashing disk, acquired through the Syndicate Uplink, or researching the "Alien Surgery" technology.
Revives a corpse into an infectious zombie which will probably munch your face off. Useful for forcing a shuttle call. Note: The target must be dosed with at least 5 units of Zombie Powder or Rezadone for the "Bionecrosize" step to work. Requires the "Alien Surgery" technology.