There’s no such thing as safe surgeryWe tend to think of surgery as a painful, but safe, solution to many ills. We think it so safe, that there’s an entire industry of elective surgeries. But the truth is, surgery always comes with risk. One of my coworkers lost a good friend due to an infection she contracted getting a facelift. There is always risk involved in surgery. Now it’s true that some surgeries are riskier than others. It’s harder to operate on a heart or brain than a leg. And some people have greater risk than others. Diabetes or a history of heart trouble, for instance, up the odds that something will go wrong. That’s why it’s important, before any surgery, to ask how high your personal risk is. And you have to weigh that against the benefit. When it comes to joint replacement surgery, the risk is usually higher than the reward demands. As I’ve already said, about 95% of the cases I see can be solved without surgery. In fact, off the top of my head, I can only recall one patient who truly needed surgery. There’s also the fact that, though we don’t think of it this way, joint replacement is a temporary fix. Most replacement joints have a shelf-life of around 20 years—but sometimes much less. If you’re having surgery at 59, you’re most likely going to have to go through the whole process again, at a more advanced age. That’s why the best solution is to avoid surgery altogether, with these three tips.
- Strengthen your joint. Exercise will always have the greatest effect.
- Take healthy, safe supplements. Glucosamine and chondroitin both are famous for joint relief, but they can take up to eight weeks to “kick in”. UC-II—an especially powerful type of collagen—works a lot faster and can actually halt the autoimmune and enzyme-related actions that cause joint destruction.
- Acupuncture and massage. Finally, acupuncture and massage can do wonders for your joints.
- Osteoarthritis Blog, If You Have Osteoarthritis, Take Care Of Your Knees To Avoid Surgery, Arthritis Foundation, July 22 2016
- Harvard Health Letter, Avoiding knee or hip surgery, Harvard Medical School, Jun 2013
- Clarisse Douaud, UC-II may bring more arthritis relief than glucosamine + chondroitin, Nutra-ingredients USA, Oct 24 2006
- Jennifer Whitlock, What Is The Risk of Death From Surgery?, Very Well, May 6 2016