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Unnecessary surgeries keep happening

When your doctor tells you that you need surgery, do you argue, or do you just assume the doctor knows what he or she is talking about and go along with the procedure?

For most people, it's the second option. We trust medical professionals and willingly admit that we do not know all that much about our own conditions and treatment options.

However, some reports show that unnecessary surgeries are incredibly common. Researchers defined an unnecessary procedure as was one that was:

  • Not indicated.
  • Not needed.
  • Not in line with the best interests of the patient.
  • Not better than other available options.

For instance, perhaps you injured your knee. A doctor says you must have surgery. It has a six-month healing time and may never feel the way it once did.

However, another doctor may say that your knee should heal on its own with a proper rehab program. The second doctor would consider that surgery to be unneeded and perhaps even detrimental to your health.

A knee injury is a relatively mild example, but some of these unnecessary surgical procedures are life-threatening. Remember, medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death for Americans.

Statistically speaking, you are in more danger when you check yourself into a hospital than you are when you get on a plane. However, many people are afraid of flying and assume they're perfectly safe in the hospital.

Have you been injured or have you lost a loved one due to medical malpractice? Has your life been negatively impacted by an unnecessary surgery? If so, you must know your legal options.

Source: NCBI, "Why do surgeons continue to perform unnecessary surgery?," Philip F. Stahel, Todd F. VanderHeiden and Fernando J. Kim, accessed March 08, 2018

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