There is no such thing as an “easy” or “minor” surgery. Even if it is an outpatient surgery, every surgery is serious and can be complicated.
Every so often, your doctor may recommend a surgery that you don’t need. Maybe you've been misdiagnosed and the next step to treating a condition you don't actually have has always been surgery. Maybe it’s because your doctor has seen your condition before and has been accustomed to treating it only with surgery. Maybe your doctor is not open to alternative forms of treatments and has not discussed them with you. Maybe your doctor has not consulted with specialists to see how best to structure your treatment.
Whatever the case may be, make sure you are well informed before surgery so you and your doctors can decide what's best for you.
I once had a very sick client who was recommended surgery by her doctors. All three of them. She asked for more information about her condition and the recommended surgery, and learned that the surgery would be highly dangerous, would probably not fix her condition permanently, and may even make her condition worse.
She decided not to have the surgery, and has gotten better since.
This happened to my client, and it's happening around the country. Many patients are having surgeries when they don't need them, and where there are alternative, and better, methods of treatment. According to the Washington Post, the below six surgeries are the most common unnecessary surgeries today – be wary of undergoing surgery if your doctor has recommended one of these surgeries without talking to you about alternatives.
- Knee surgery
- Carotoid artery surgery
- Spinal fusion
- Coronary bypass surgery
- Pacemaker implant surgery
Often surgeries, especially unneccessary surgeries, can open the door for a host of medical issues and medical malpractice. If you believe you've suffered from medical malpractice in the D.C, Maryland, or Virginia area, give our attorneys at Donahoe Kearney a call at 202-393-3320 so that we may help.