One of the largest drivers of cost in our healthcare system is when someone requires surgery. Costs can spiral out of control if there is an infection or a serious complication.
According to the Daily Mail, death occurring as a complication from surgery of any sort kills more people than HIV, TB and malaria.
Many of us have had surgical procedures for different conditions. Surgeries are not without risk and should only be done if absolutely necessary.
During the recession of 2007, many people lost their jobs and put off surgeries and procedures that were recommended by their doctors. As people lost jobs, they put off many of those procedures. Years later, they found out that their health was just as good avoiding the procedure as it was prior.
The statistics in the Daily Mail are alarming and may have you rethinking surgery.
Check out the article below
Surgery kills more than HIV, TB and malaria COMBINED: Operations are the ‘neglected stepchild of global health’ after too much money has been pumped into infectious diseases
Every year, 4.2 million people die worldwide within 30 days of surgery
This is a staggering 1.23million more deaths than HIV, TB and malaria combined
Makes up 7.7% of all fatalities – with only heart disease and stroke killing more
Every year 4.2million people die worldwide within 30 days of surgery, research suggests.
An analysis of data from 29 countries by the University of Birmingham revealed a staggering 1.23million more die after going under the knife than from HIV, TB and malaria combined.
Overall, 7.7 per cent of all fatalities worldwide occur within 30 days of the deceased going under the knife – with only heart disease and stroke being bigger killers.
‘Postoperative complications’ – such as bleeding and infections – are thought to be behind most of these deaths.