This sentence is literally copied from an English textbook (Solutions 2nd Edition -Intermediate)

"Heidi Montag is probably more famous for the plastic surgery that she has had carried out than for her TV Career"?

Does it say "She has had the plastic surgery carried out"?

  • I can't really answer because I'm not sure why but, as a native English speaker, I would never use the verb "carry out" with "plastic surgery". This sentence is much more naturally stated as, "Heidi Montag is probably more famous for the plastic surgery that she has had than for her TV Career." In my experience, people "get plastic surgery," or "have had plastic surgery." and doctors "perform plastic surgery." – G-Cam Sep 2 '17 at 4:23
  • Try: surgeons carry out procedures. One therefore could have a procedure carried out on one. – Lambie May 16 at 18:35

It is not a wrong sentence, but it is perhaps not the most conventional phrasing.
Surgeries, plastic or otherwise, tend to be 'undergone' rather than 'carried out'.
At least when you're talking about the patient and not the surgeon.


doctors carry out surgical procedures. The does collocate properly here.

A person can be said to have had a surgical procedure carried out on himself or herself.

has had done [on her] would have been better. In every day speech.

However, to have had carried [on her] is fine. Notice the passive tense:

She has had them carried out [by a surgeon].

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