Friday, April 7, 2017
To Have or not have Surgery...
Having spinal, knee or hip replacement surgery is a major decision to be sure. Over the years, many patients have come to me and asked me for advice concerning whether they should or should not have spinal, knee or hip replacement/surgeries. I always give them the same advice: I always ask how long have you been having the problem and pain? What have you done in the past to help the issue? Have anything you tried been successful? And biggest question- how has the quality of your life been effected.
Unfortunately I have met people that have had surgeries before they have tried conservative treatments whether that be chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, message or certain pain medications.
In my humble estimation, since surgery is done by human beings that can make mistakes, surgery should not be done until a patient has exhausted conservative care and the qualify of life doesn't exist.
Surely surgical technique and tools that are used in surgery are a million times better than ever these days. This does not mean that you should run out to do surgery before you try other methods of healing. I shutter to think of how many unnecessary surgeries have gone on "out there." It is sad...
If you don't need chiropractic care and if you just want to call for advice do not ever hesitate to do so. If I can't answer your question, I will look into it and find the answer. That is always the sign of a good doctor, to know his or her limitations.
Have great holidays coming up- Easter or Passover or anything else. Enjoy time with families. We are here for you!
Yours in good health,
Dr. Ray and Staff