When you require surgery or don’t help with the decision on whether you should do surgery or seek alternative non-invasive treatment for a health problem.
The truth is that there are situations when surgery is almost impossible to avoid. A good example is an inflamed appendix about to rupture. In this case, it becomes the only treatment. Furthermore, emergencies like deadly gunshot wounds or ghastly accident injuries require immediate surgeries.
So, the article when you require surgery or don’t explains the actions you need to take to help you make the decision.
Decide Whether You Need Surgery
Aside from emergencies, many patients will benefit from minimally invasive treatments. And they only choose surgery as a last resort. For example, a shoulder injury will require anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medicine (ibuprofen). Thereafter followed by occupational or physical therapy. While simple lifestyle changes can give positive results on conditions such as obesity, high cholesterol, and blood pressure.
Seek alternative less invasive treatment
But in cases where surgery is recommended for your condition, ask what alternative treatments are available. Although for health issues like hernia repair or broken bones, there are no alternative treatments.
The good news though is that many surgeries that required large incisions are now done with more advanced techniques, allowing them to be done on an outpatient basis.
Seek second opinion
You may seek a second opinion if you feel your first surgeon was too fixated on invasive treatment or didn’t provide alternatives. The second surgeon may agree with the first assessment and still recommend surgery.
However, in situations when you get diverging opinions from surgeons on the question of whether to operate, you must seek more accurate information about the risks and benefits of available options.
Uterine fibroids: a good example when you require surgery or don’t
The decision of whether to use invasive treatment or not is the most contested discussion in uterine fibroids diagnosis. Since fibroids are typically not cancerous, you can decide whether or not you want them removed. Or you may simply want to follow your doctor’s recommendation.
Hence, if you don’t want invasive you can choose another treatment, such as over-the-counter pain medicines like ibuprofen, hormones, or fibroid embolisation.
Alternatively, you may want to choose surgery if fibroids are making it hard for you to get pregnant. Or perhaps you have other symptoms that affect your quality of life, and you have tried other treatments with no results.
There are two invasive treatments for fibroids: remove fibroids from the uterus or remove the uterus. Taking out the uterus is the only cure for uterine fibroids, though not a good choice if you want to have children.
Changes in diet and lifestyle: A non-surgical approach
Your doctor may tell you that you can avoid invasive procedures with serious changes in diet and lifestyle. These will include a reduced-fat diet, a low cholesterol diet, or any number of changes in nutrition. The key changes in diet can produce many positive results. For instance, good nutrition can reduce blood sugar, blood pressure, improve coronary artery disease, and decrease organs’ workload. Possibly, in some cases, diet can eliminate the need for surgery entirely.
Also, exercise can produce just as many beneficial results. But try not to overdo it and ensure your doctor says it’s safe to exercise. In any case, exercise doesn’t have to be vigorous to be beneficial. Swimming, walking, and other low-impact forms of exercise can have terrific benefits without adding stress to your body.
When It’s Obvious You Need A Surgery
There will be situations where medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes don’t change your level of pain or fix your condition. If you’ve given the non-invasive therapies a chance without success, it may be time to consider an invasive treatment.
Your quality of life is a superb guide for deciding whether or not to have surgery. Frequent pain can be a good sign of whether or not to proceed. So, if you have daily pain, or can’t currently participate in sports, then having the procedure becomes a more attractive option.
Should you have surgery now or later?
In some cases, surgery can be delayed, while it still remains essential in the long run. For example, a knee replacement procedure that is not completely essential currently may become so in five to ten years. And even if medications ease the pain now, postponing the surgery for a few years may be alright, but not indefinitely.
You may think delaying surgery is a good plan. Then again, it may not. For instance, a healthy sixty-five-year-old man may have a good chance of a successful surgery and recovery than when he is a healthy seventy-five years old. The point is the older the patient, the more risk there is.
That being said, there are many reasons that an individual might want to delay surgery temporarily. Whatever the reason, discuss the delay with your surgeons to determine if it will cause more harm than good.
Why you should avoid unnecessary surgery
The purpose of surgery varies. It may be recommended for removing damaged tissue, repairing tissues or organs, implanting devices, redirecting blood vessels, or transplanting organs. Then again, some people choose surgery for cosmetic reasons, which are often unnecessary. There are several explanations of why you should avoid them. These include risks associated with general anesthesia, the long recovery time, and disruptions to your life after surgery. In addition, the complications from unnecessary surgery such as gastric bypass or liposuction can cause extra medical issues like strokes.
Realistically, not all situations require surgery. For instance, the fact that a friend had the same condition as you, and had surgery, doesn’t mean you will too. You may actually be able to return to normal health without an invasive procedure.
Therefore, if there are health problems you think may need surgery, discuss with your doctor about alternative options. After exhausting all non-invasive possibilities, be informed about the risks, costs, recovery time, and post-surgery side effects (if any). And most importantly choose a surgeon who knows what to do and how to do it.
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