Elective Medical Procedures Do Not Come Without Risks

Doctors classify some surgeries and procedures as elective, meaning the condition is not considered an emergency to ensure the patient’s health is preserved. Alternatively, these patients choose to undergo the preventative measure because of a diagnosis, to improve their quality of life, or for other less significant reasons.

However, many of these surgical procedures are done for more serious reasons due to a severe condition that, without undergoing the correction, could cause long-term damage. If you have planned to undergo an elective medical procedure, you need to be concerned about the outcome once the surgery is over.

The level of risk involved is usually unique to every patient. Discussing the risks with your doctor can ensure the best result. Questions to ask your doctor before undergoing any elective procedure should include:

· Does the doctor consider you to be a low-risk surgical candidate?

· Is there any other better alternative than undergoing this procedure?

· Will the procedure significantly improve the quality of your life?

· Are other risks involved in undergoing the procedure outweighed by the reward?

· What are the risks involved in the procedure?

· Does your body have the strength to undergo the surgical procedure?

· Will you be able to tolerate the anesthesia?

All surgeries and procedures have inherent risks. However, understanding all potential complications associated with your procedure can help you make better decisions in what to do.

Uncontrolled Bleeding and Blood Clots

Your surgeon expects to deal with some bleeding during the procedure, as a reasonable condition involved in all surgeries. However, if bleeding becomes severe, the procedure can become a crisis. Your doctor may choose to stop to determine if a transfusion is necessary.

If you believe that a transfusion is not an option for you based on your belief or religion, it is essential to discuss other options before you schedule the procedure. Some doctors and hospitals offer bloodless surgery procedures and use devices and other methods to eliminate the need for a transfusion of someone else’s blood to complete the procedure.

Some patients experience blood clots, especially DVT (deep vein thrombosis) clots during or after the procedure. Blood clots are a significant risk of surgery that can develop hours or days during the recovery phase, often as a byproduct of inactivity.

The doctor may order the administration of post-operative medications, including heparin, to eliminate the formation of clots by thinning the blood. The risks of not preventing clots can be catastrophic, where the patient develops a pulmonary embolism, stroke, or other clots in a major organ that could result in death.

Surgery-Related Death

The risks of death involved in elective medical procedures can be just as high as the risks involved in medically necessary surgeries. If you are considering undergoing some non-essential medical surgery, like plastic surgery, consider the overall risks involved. Making the wrong decision based on potential risks could cause a disastrous outcome.

A Delay in Healing

If you are a slow healer due to an autoimmune problem, chronic illness or another sickness, you may want to reconsider undergoing any procedure that requires a lengthy hospital stay or challenging recovery. Individuals with certain medical conditions, including diabetes, have an extended healing time due to blood sugar levels that are difficult to control. Understand all the potential complications you may face during your recovery.

Surgery-Related Infection

Any time you undergo an invasive procedure in the body, you are at risk of infection, even if the procedure is performed in a sterile environment. Any poor care or medical malpractice outside of medical standards could create a perfect setting for the development of infection.

Most doctors will prescribe antibiotics before undergoing surgery and after the procedure, as a way of eliminating or reducing the potential risk of infection. The medical team often follows proven precautionary protocols when managing the surgical wounds, to ensure infections are prevented.

Surgery-Related Injuries

Unfortunately, injuries occurring during a surgical procedure is an all too common occurrence, where the body is damaged during the process. Surgical errors, like cutting an artery or damaging an organ, might require immediate repair during the surgical procedure. Sadly, medical mistakes are sometimes not found until hours or days after the procedure is over.

Advancements in medical technology and ever-improving skills of medical professionals have minimized surgical complications and decreased mortality rates involving elective procedures. Even so, there are significant risks to surgeries and procedures that pose more threats and risks than benefits to the surgical outcome.

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