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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

To Operate or Not: Conservative Treatment may lead to the same or better Results

All of you that have been reading this blog for awhile know my non-surgical bias. Personally, I had a bad ankle sprain 38 years that supposedly needed an operation, a herniated disc at L2/3 13 years ago that needed an operation, and torn meniscus in my right knee that needed an operation. All of these I successfully rehabbed and returned to my full activities. In practice, I see some ankle fractures that really do not need to be fixed, achilles tendons that do not need to be repaired surgically, bunions and neuromas that could get better without surgery, and tarsal tunnels that need some good nerve treatment and a supportive orthotic device. All I can say is get opinions, try alternatives as long as they are safe, do the best you can do to help (to try to avoid rotator cuff repair I am doing up to 2 hours of exercise a day now and it is working!!). 

http://www.theage.com.au/national/health/many-operations-more-harmful-than-beneficial-top-surgeon-warns-20170512-gw3pbc.html

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Thank you very much for leaving a comment. Due to my time restraints, some comments may not be answered.I will answer questions that I feel will help the community as a whole.. I can only answer medical questions in a general form. No specific answers can be given. Please consult a podiatrist, therapist, orthopedist, or sports medicine physician in your area for specific questions.