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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

PUT THAT KNIFE AWAY, DOC!


If you are interested in health, or if you or your near ones are potential surgical candidates, I strongly urge you to spend five minutes reading this article.
This article talks about avoiding surgery, when other, less invasive options, exist. I have previously mentioned how surgeries for weight loss, back pain and for suspected appendicitis are tilted in favor of the knife-wielder. Surgery has a great role to play in many of the cited instances, but the option should only be exercised as the best option, not the first option. As David Dent, a learned South African academic surgeon, once said, "The patient comes to the surgeon for an opinion, not for an operation".
Alas, most of us (surgeons) don't realise this!

14 comments:

Sree's Views said...

Ram...I appreciate ur ethics..wish we had more of such professionals.

Our mistakes are hanged a few inches above the ground while urs wld be buried a few feet below the ground ;)

prerna said...

Sree, I agree with you.You are absolutely right @ramadoc.

B. Ramana said...

Thanks, ladies! If people put their money on my ethics rather than on my surgeries, I would be a very rich man today! ;-)

Sree's Views said...

aaah..that was a good one :)

but I am sure even with ur ethics intact u r not exactly an impoverished man ;)

B. Ramana said...

Oh, BTW, how come you guys aren't wowing about the great art pictures gracing this blog these days?

Sree's Views said...

oh...I did notice this one..I thgt the less said the better !

B. Ramana said...

So my art has left someone speechless! ;-)

Sree's Views said...

dumbstruck would be more like it :P

B. Ramana said...

Eating a lotta fish, Sree? You're getting cleverer, and it feels wonderful to know that I am not the only smartass in here! ;-)

Monday Morning Power said...

My respect for you, which was already quite high, just sored out of sight. I have heard recently about many, too many, unnecessary surgeries being performed. It'd nice to hear from a surgeon that many surgeries are noit necessary.

Mahendra said...

Put the knife away, but keep going with the paintbrush, doc! :-)

B. Ramana said...

MMP,
Thanks for your comment!
Mahendra,
You asked for it!
:-)

Thiru said...

Hmm... may be all Surgeon should start their day with this slogan "The patient comes to the surgeon for an opinion, not for an operation"

a good post!

B. Ramana said...

Tankyou, Thir-a-mis-u!
:-)