If your elective surgery was delayed because of the coronavirus brace yourself. Your phone is about to ring with a pretty persistent person on the other end.
Heck, even if you just consulted someone about a procedure, your phone is likely to start ringing off the hook any minute.
And you can bet they’ll be as relentless as those scammers who want to sell you a cruise ship package or a timeshare.
You see, now that many places are opening back up, docs are DESPERATE to get back into business as fast as possible. I’ve even seen a few interviews that sound like they’re using the coronavirus as a marketing gimmick.
Here’s the pitch. There’s a second wave of infection coming. So you’d better get that surgery now while you can. Hurry! Step right up to get sliced up.
But should you REALLY be going in for that procedure right now?
The answer is something you WON’T find in that high-pressure surgery sales pitch.
Elective surgery cases rake in 100 billion a year
Movie theaters, airlines, and restaurants are suffering during the pandemic for obvious reasons. But since we’re in the middle of a health crisis, you might think medicine would be the one bulletproof industry right now.
Well, the truth is, it’s not. Doctors, clinics, and hospitals are actually getting hit HARDER. Because while they’ve had many more emergency patients in need of urgent coronavirus care, they’re getting FAR less of everything else.
Experts say people have been avoiding medical care during the pandemic. And a Gallup survey confirms it. It found more than 80 percent of respondents said they would be “very” or “moderately concerned” about visiting a doctor’s office or hospital during the pandemic. And doctors haven’t been allowed to do the elective surgeries they rely on for much of their income.
Everything from knee surgery to back procedures to weight-loss operations has been on hold. According to some experts, the coronavirus will lead to 28 million elective surgeries being canceled worldwide.
Altogether elective surgeries are worth $100 billion a year in the United States alone. And that’s just based on employer insurance records. The actual number is almost certainly far higher.
With that kind of money on the line, they’re absolutely desperate to get as many patients into the operating room as quickly as possible to help put the books back in the black.
Cash cows and piggy banks in the age of coronavirus
Surgery may be a cash cow for doctors. But don’t let them turn YOUR body into their personal piggy bank. An analysis earlier this month from ConsumerMedical found that up to ONE-THIRD of all elective surgeries are entirely unnecessary.
The researchers didn’t name the unneeded procedures. But we know from other studies that many back surgeries, for example, DON’T deliver the relief people expect.
Back surgeries often lead to more pain and a need for more surgery. It can turn into a nearly endless cycle that’s so common it has even been given the name failed back surgery syndrome.
Ditto for many knee surgeries. One study last year from the world-renowned Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found NO BENEFIT to the common meniscus surgery given to so many people (especially seniors).
Another study found meniscus operations DIDN’T…
- ease pain
- improve mobility
- work any better than a sham operation
The ConsumerMedical report urges patients to try non-surgical options, including acupuncture and chiropractic instead.
Both are great for back and knee pain.
Natural anti-inflammatories and topical creams with non-drug pain relievers such as MSM and menthol are excellent options too.
They certainly are a better place to start than invasive and potentially dangerous surgery. And that’s true ANYTIME, not just now in the coronavirus era.
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