You don’t want to spend so much as a single minute inside a hospital if you don’t have to… much less shack up in the joint for a night or two (or more).
They’re noisier than train stations. The lumpy, bumpy, rubber-coated mechanical beds are impossible to sleep in. They smell weird. And don’t even get me started on the food.
I’d rather eat airplane food in a toilet than a hospital dinner in a hospital bed!
So, I certainly get the appeal of the outpatient chop shops popping up all over the place that promise quickie operations that’ll have you back in your own bed by the end of the day.
What could possibly be better than that?
Well, friend, sometimes you need to hold your nose, steel your stomach, bite the bullet, and put up with the hospital treatment for a night or two.
New research shows how the chop shops are more likely to screw up, especially when it comes to spinal surgery.
And if you’re in line for one of these operations yourself… or know someone who is… you might want to back out of any plans to have it done in an outpatient clinic.
They might botch the job so badly that you’ll suffer serious complications or need a second operation.
The study focused on a procedure called ACDF, where they go in through your neck to scrape out damaged discs and fuse together what’s left.
It’s no picnic. One operation is bad enough on its own. But two? That’s a real pain the spine.
And if you have your procedure in an outpatient chop shop, your odds of needing a second surgery will jump by nearly 80 percent.
That’s not even the worst of it. Getting this operation in a clinic will also boost your risk of kidney failure by 25 percent.
The moral of the story is that hospitals are still good at SOME things, including this one (just order delivery for dinner if you can).
But before you commit to surgery – whether it’s in a hospital or anywhere else – make sure you actually need it.
Patients with back pain are often rushed into operations to “fix” things that are never the actual problem in the first place — which is why surgeries have such a high failure rate.
So, give ALL of your options a go before you go into the OR. That includes back-boosting therapies such as chiropractic, acupuncture, and drug-free topical pain treatments.