surgery

  1. Protect yourself during the ‘summer of surgery’

    The whole point of surgery is to make you BETTER, not WORSE.

    That should be obvious.

    But that’s NOT what’s happening.

    In too many cases, seniors are going in for surgery… and they’re NEVER the same again!

    New research shows how older Americans are often being pushed into operations that could have lasting ramifications… and in some cases, this big rush could have deadly consequences.

    So today, let’s look at what’s what – let’s take a look at when you should consider surgery.

    More importantly, let’s make sure we all know when you shouldn’t!

    When surgery is the WRONG choice

    They’re calling it the SUMMER of SURGERY.

    As the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country, millions of non-urgent medical procedures were postponed.

    Many clinics are bleeding cash – like every other industry right now – and hoping to make up for it as soon as this is over.

    They’ll be calling to reschedule postponed procedures… and hunting for new customers to fill their operating rooms and round out the balance sheets.

    But think twice before ANY procedure my friend.

    Not only are many common operations totally unnecessary.

    The new study shows many older patients who are frailer… weaker… and sicker can do much WORSE after an operation.

    Seniors who have difficulty with daily functions… like getting dressed, or bathing… have nearly TRIPLE the risk of death in the year after a major operation.

    Even smaller functional problems… like difficulty walking… can increase the risk of death by 64 percent.

    It’s not limited to physical disabilities, either.

    Depression, for example, can increase the risk by 72 percent!

    The more health problems you have, the bigger the risk.

    A senior with no real issues has about a 10 percent risk of death in the year after surgery… but those odds jump to 16 percent if there’s one problem… and nearly triples to 28 percent if there are two or more.

    And while this new study focused on major surgery, other reports have shown that older folks in rough shape do worse even after relatively minor operations.

    So take FOUR STEPS before any surgery:

    • Do you need it? You might THINK you do… but every day, seniors are conned into operations by overly aggressive surgeons looking to make a buck. Fact is, many common procedures including meniscus repairs and spinal fusions are often completely unnecessary and downright dangerous. Do your homework!
    • Can you handle it? Be painfully honest with yourself… because as the new study shows, the consequences can be tragic. What good’s an operation… even one you think you need… if it’s gonna kill you?
    • Do your “pre-hab”: If you DO need the operation and your body CAN handle it, don’t wait until it’s over to rehab. Start BEFORE with “pre-hab” steps to get into fighting shape before the scalpel even touches you. Your doc can talk about specifics, but also eat right… move more… and go over all the pre-op notes.
    • Take it slow: Everyone’s eager to get back on their feet again after an operation… but don’t push your luck. Be patient. Be careful. And don’t do anything that could put you right back in the hospital afterward.

    You can’t always avoid surgery. But you CAN minimize your risks.

  2. Your “minor” surgery could cause MAJOR problems

    Just one quickie procedure… snip-snip, in and out… and all your problems will be solved.

    Except it’s never that simple, right?

    That’s especially true if you’re a little older and not in the best of health.

    And if you’re suffering from any degree of frailty, even a so-called “low-risk” procedure to fix a “minor problem” or condition could pack the biggest risk of all…

    It could KILL you!

    The toll of the operation can take a LOT out of your body – and you just might not have enough left in the tank to deal with it.

    As a result, the new study finds there’s simply no such thing as a “low-risk” operation for frail seniors…

    They’re ALL high-risk!

    And that means it could be time to reconsider ANY operation they’re pushing you into --before it’s too late.

    They profit off your misery – and put your life on the line

    There’s an entire industry out there ready to cash in on your problems.

    Depressed?

    Some shrink is ready to bill your insurer $100 a visit.

    Sore back?

    The radiologist will see you now… and that’ll be $400 from your insurer please, plus your copay… even though imaging scans almost NEVER reveal the true cause of back pain.

    And for dozens of other every day common issues and conditions, there’s a surgeon standing by, ready to operate.

    But don’t sign that waiver yet, especially if you gave any degree of frailty...

    The new study finds BIG risks in these “little” procedures, including common stuff like a hernia… a joint replacement… or removing a cyst from a place like the hand.

    These aren’t typically considered “high-risk,” which by definition is any operation with a 1 percent chance of death or higher.

    Except they ARE high-risk… in some cases VERY high-risk… if you’re frail.

    The study finds EVERY stage of frailty packs major risks; within three months of a low-risk procedure, 5 percent of folks who are even a little frail are dead.

    That’s FIVE TIMES the definition of “high risk!”

    That number jumps to 9 percent at six months.

    And for the very frail, 1 in 10 are dead within 30 days of a supposedly low-risk procedure…23 percent are dead by three months… and more than a third are dead within six months.

    None of this means you need to live in misery with an ongoing condition.

    But it DOES mean you should think twice about surgery as a solution!

    Before you sign up for ANY procedure… whether you’re frail or not… get a second opinion.

    I strongly recommend consulting with a doctor who specializes in integrative or functional medicine who can help find the least invasive option, including non-surgical treatments, for common problems and conditions.

    If it turns out you do need a procedure… even a “simple” or “low-risk” one… get screened for frailty and work ahead of time on a pre-hab plan to get you ready for the operation; then, a rehab program to get you back on your feet afterward.

  3. Surgery linked to heart damage

    'Minor' surgery could pack a MAJOR risk It's the heart risk factor you never even knew you had... and it wasn't triggered by anything you did. It was caused by your doctor! New research proves yet again that there's really no such thing as a "minor" operation once you're past the age of 65. Any procedure -- even one on...
  4. Surgical infections increase in summer

    Don’t schedule surgery without reading this! There's a lot to love about the approach of summer, but there's at least one thing you've got to worry about -- especially if you have surgery planned. You could battle an infection! New research shows how your risk of suffering one of these complications after an operation -- any operation at all...
  5. Seniors are routinely given too much anesthesia

    Seniors who get surgery are routinely given far more anesthesia than recommended by guidelines, putting them at risk for serious complications.
  6. One time you should use antibiotics

    If you have the signs and symptoms of appendicitis, emergency room doctors usually rush to have the organ removed. Maybe they shouldn't be in such a hurry, because doctors in Europe have been treating appendicitis with antibiotics for years -- and the latest study confirms that many of the patients who get the meds avoid surgery altogether.
  7. High-tech doesn't mean low-risk

    I wouldn't wish prostate surgery on my worst enemies. Not only is it often completely unnecessary since prostate cancer isn't nearly the killer it's been made out to be -- but the treatments themselves are often worse than the disease and come with more risks than your surgeon will ever let on.
  8. The tests seniors should skip

    Even as the mainstream moves away from routine cancer screenings for men and women alike, there's one group of Americans that are still getting screened regularly for cancers that almost certainly won't hurt them. And that's the elderly.
  9. The worst way to lose weight

    Surgery is supposed to be the ultimate shortcut when it comes to weight loss: Let the doc put you under, and when you wake up you're on your way to a brand-new body. If only it were that simple.
  10. Apples and pears can lower stroke risk

    Supposedly cutting-edge procedures like the brain stent I just mentioned won't lower your risk of stroke -- and they might even kill you. But you don't have to turn to risky surgery or unproven meds to keep a stroke at bay: A new study finds all you might really need is more of the foods you already enjoy.
  11. Question authority -- question your doctor

    For years, the doctor-patient relationship went a little something like this: Patient visits the doctor... doctor tells the patient what to do. That's the way it still is in many practices, and that might even describe your relationship with your own doctor. But you're perfectly capable of making decisions about your health -- and two new campaigns are urging you to do just that.
  12. Men living with prostate regret

    The real "disease" facing many prostate patients isn't cancer -- it's regret.
  13. Prostate cancer study dances around surgery question

    A recent study found that older men with early stage low- or moderate–grade prostate cancer are more likely to die of something other than the prostate cancer.

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