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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses what you need to consider when being told you need surgery.
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It is not ideal if you find yourself in the place of needing surgery. Sometimes it is necessary. If you have found yourself facing surgery as your only option, it is important to ask your surgeon some very specific questions and get the answers that satisfy you. After all, you are the one who will have to live with the consequences of the surgery and unfortunately, sometimes the consequences are more severe than the original condition. Please considfer each one of the questions below when meeting with your surgeon.
Surgery is sometimes the only solution to a severe health condition (cuts, ruptures, hemorrhages, tumors, clots, organ failure). And when this is the case, this is the solution. What you need to be aware of is how most people end up needing surgery later in life due to a preventable circumstance that was not handled properly to begin with. When one goes to their Medical Doctor for care, the doctor will usually give you a prescription for a medication. When asked to take a medication, this leads to not properly addressing the underlying cause of a condition and then the body, over time, will develop more serious degenerative conditions that will eventually need surgery (joint replacements, organ replacements, disc herniation and nerve relocation surgeries). If you are asked to have surgery, please consider having each of these questions below answered when meeting with your surgeon. This would be important to minimize the impact on your future life and those who are important to you.
If you are ever told you need to have surgery, it is important to get the following questions answered when sitting with your surgeon, so you can be fully aware and prepared for what comes after the surgery:
1) Is the surgery absolutely necessary?
2) What are you qualifications/experience/in doing this surgery?
3) Who will do the actual surgery? (Sometimes an associate will do the surgery or assist in the surgery)
4) If an associate, what are their qualifications?
5) Who is the anesthesiologist? What are their qualifications?
6) Who else will be involved in the surgery and what are their qualifications?
7) How many of these procedures have you (or other person doing the surgery) done?
8) What is the success ration based upon 100 % success?
9) What is the failure ratio, requiring a second surgery or other form of therapy?
10) What is my worst case scenario?
11) How much PT will I require after the surgery?
12) May I speak to other patients who have already gone through with this form of surgery?
13) May I speak to the ones who have been successful?
14) May I speak to the ones that have been un-successful?
15) How much time do I have to consider other options?
16) How much will my insurance cover and will I be left with a huge bill from the others involved (anesthesiologist) in the surgery?
Be sure to have all of these questions answered before making your final decision. Do not feel pressured to have a surgery if you are not 100 % in agreement with it. Ask questions. Always go into a surgery with positive expectations knowing that this will solve your health concern.
If you have not consulted with a Holistic Chiropractor to consider any other viable options before getting surgery, it would be important for you to consider that. Once a body is cut into, it will never be the same. Consider that before having surgery.
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