Choosing to go into surgery is a big decision that must be researched as much as possible. Understandably, patients are wary of going under the knife, no matter how qualified a surgeon is. This has been expressed by patients from Illinois to Texas and every corner of the nation. However, the key to ensuring that you are making the right decision is to know the facts and options.
Ask what the surgery will provide you
One of the most important things to ask your doctor when they suggest surgery is what specific things the surgery will help with. Does it provide you with less pain? Does it improve your movement or life expectancy? After you’ve received the answer, it is important to then ask yourself if the benefits are worth going under the knife. The reason for that is because there have been cases in which surgery has actually made situations worse. Doctors can be deemed to have committed medical negligence for suggesting unnecessary surgery to their patients.
Researching other treatments
Although it’s never advised to search for untested medical treatments, it is recommended to seek the opinions of other medical doctors. Doctors know that there are a number of ways to deal with a medical issue, and thus you may end up finding a treatment that does not require surgery. During this time, it is important to ask your doctor how long you can realistically wait before needing the surgery.
Although it may not seem like it, patients do have a lot of options when they are presented with the need to have surgery. However, it is those options that may get them hurt by a medical doctor. If you believe you have been given the wrong information or have been neglected, it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
Source: U.S National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, “Why do surgeons continue to perform unnecessary surgery?” published Jan 13, 2017. Written by Philip F. Stahel, Todd F. VanderHeiden and Fernando J. Kim.