Like most of those in New York City that we here at Futterman, Sirotkin, and Seinfeld PLLP have worked with, you likely trust wholeheartedly in the opinions of the doctors and other clinicians that treat you. They are, after all, paid the proverbial “big bucks” to know what it is that is ailing you and what exactly needs to be done to correct it. In many cases, they may recommend surgery to treat a problem. Again, your confidence in a doctor’s knowledge and expertise will likely have a major influence on your decision to seek such treatment. Yet would ever think to ask yourself if surgery is truly necessary?
Why would you, when a medical professional is recommending it? Consider that information shared by USA Today reports that as many as 10-20 percent of surgeries performed in the U.S. in certain specialties are deemed to be unnecessary. Surgical intervention brings with it inherent risks, many of which could leave you facing potentially life-threatening complications. Thus, doctors are often advised to consider all non-surgical treatment options before contemplating surgery.
Why would a doctor recommend surgery when it may not be needed? Surgical procedures are usually more expensive than less-invasive alternatives, meaning that doctors get paid more to perform them. While you may not want to think that your doctor is basing your treatment plan off of what is more lucrative for him or her as opposed to what is best for you, countless providers face criminal and civil penalties every year due to accusations of recommending surgical treatments for financial gain. This should be something you consider the next time it is recommended that you go under the knife.
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