With incredible advancing technology and a better understanding of medical conditions than ever before, if you’re suffering with an illness or condition that affects your life, there are plenty of options to consider these days. In more extreme cases, surgery can be what’s best, but with it being such a huge decision you’ll need to think things through carefully. If you’re considering going under the knife, be sure to weigh up the following points.
Look into alternative treatments
First things first, if you’re struggling with a health condition there could be a number of less extreme options to alleviate symptoms that don’t require surgery. Lifestyle changes such as more exercise and a change of diet could help. Getting onto the right medication, or therapies such as massage, aromatherapy or acupuncture could all help control pain and manage symptoms. Even if you don’t have too much hope of these being effective, it’s well worth giving them a try before moving on to more extreme measures. At least then you’ll know you’ve done everything you can and it makes weighing up the risk and reward a little easier.
Carefully weigh up the pros and cons
With any kind of surgery, there are pros and cons. Even in ‘safe’ surgeries things can go wrong, and so you need to go into things with your eyes wide open. Even if things are done to the letter, your body may respond in an unexpected way, you could have bleeding, scarring or infection. Then of course there’s the small risk of the surgery not being done correctly, and it actually causing more problems than it solving, Take the transvaginal mesh case that was in the media recently, a woman was awarded thirty five million dollars after a urinary incontinence device caused more distress than the initial health condition. While things going wrong in many kinds of surgeries are rare, it’s something you need to think carefully about, and be sure that the reward of the results is worth the risks you will be putting yourself too. Read up on statistics for the surgery, as well as your surgeons personal successes with the operation you want to have.
Consider the aftercare
For some surgeries, the actual procedure is the easy part. It’s the aftercare and recovery which can take time, you need to be aware of what’s involved. You should know how long you’re likely to be off your feet, how long you will need to take off work and what kinds of activities you need to avoid and for how long. If for example you have a demanding career or young children, being bedridden for weeks or months might not be an option.
Surgery to correct a health condition could seriously improve your quality of life. But it’s not for everyone, and some people will need to have the operation done at the right time for them. Always consider the alternatives, and if you choose to proceed then get education on the facts and statistics so you know what you’re getting yourself into.