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Complex surgeries on the elderly often results in poor outcomes; but a surgeons group believes this can be improved.

Complex surgeries on the elderly often results in poor outcomes; but a surgeons group believes this can be improved. If you have elderly parents who may be frail, the idea of a complex surgery should have you concerned.   While surgeons often suggest that a surgery may be needed to prolong the life of an older person, most of these surgeries result in poor outcomes, and worse, unneeded suffering for both the person who had the procedures and their families. For too long, our health system has emphasized the quantity of life over the quality of life.   Too many of our Read More »

Is the opioid crisis the other white coat syndrome?

Is the opioid crisis the new white coat syndrome? White coat syndrome occurs when a patient has their blood pressure taken and it is temporarily high requiring an additional reading. The Opioid crisis has been created when big pharma manipulated the medical system into believing that managing pain is the same as understanding why someone hurts. Opioid addiction has unfortunately been caused by a misuse of a pain relieving product that was addictive by a profession that has a poor understanding of why people hurt. Stay away from people who wear white coats who use knives is a constant refrain Read More »

Do you really need that surgery. According to the Daily Mail, surgery kills more people than HIV, TB and malaria combined.

Do you really need that surgery. According to the Daily Mail, surgery kills more people than HIV, TB and malaria combined. 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 Read More »

Considering surgery and Opioids for pain control afterwards? The latest research suggests you should see a chiropractor first.

Considering surgery and Opioids for pain control afterwards?  The latest research suggests you should see a chiropractor first. Having been told to you need surgery is traumatic, since it requires you to adjust your life around a surgical procedure that can leave you in pain for weeks to come.   Surgery can affect your job, your life and your relationships as well, since you will need someone to take you there, watch over you and most likely, give you opioid pain medication while you recover.  It is also expensive, once you factor in the facility fee, anesthesia and of course the post and Read More »

Are there fewer surgeries when doctors are paid a salary. Check out this new study discussed in the NY Times.

Are there fewer surgeries when doctors are paid a salary.  Check out this new study discussed in the NY Times. Have you ever wondered if your doctors recommendation for surgery was for your benefit for theirs?   There are many people who had C-sections wondering if it was really necessary.   Millions have had appendectomies while in Europe, antibiotics for years have cured the infection. Was your doctor influenced by how they are reimbursed?   This was suggested in a new study discussed in the NY Times regarding doctors who are reimbursed fee for service for a procedure vs. managing a problem more conservatively. It Read More »