To operate or not to operate?

Last night (16 May 2018) on SBS Insight, they delved into the world of surgery.


The number of surgeries and the cost of surgeries continue to rise in Australia. Studies have shown that there are also several effective non-operative treatments.


There may be benefit to both surgery and not proceeding surgery. The fact is, the most important part is the rehabilitation and proper treatment recommendations prior to and following an operation.


Ultimately, surgery isn’t always the correct answer, and treatment needs to be exhausted or proper assessment and diagnosis is crucial before agreeing to surgery.


With regards to arthritis, exercise, strength and education is valuable. Specific, tailored and structured treatment programs have the best results.


Another important issue to note, is that the current funding model funds surgery, but not weight loss and exercise.


It will be interesting to see how future placebo trials go. Worth keeping an eye on this!


Full episode here: SBS Insight

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