Surgery may worsen conditions in one-fourth of patients

 Surgery may worsen conditions in one-fourth of patients

Surgery may worsen conditionsResearch that was published in the British Journal of Surgery suggests that invasive procedures may actually cause further physical and emotional harm in a significant number of people - whether it be a cosmetic operation or foot surgery.

A team of scientists conducted a health survey involving 400 patients. They measured pain, function, vitality and mental state before surgery and at six and 12 months after the operation.

Nearly one-fourth of individuals surveyed reported lessened quality of life one year after the operation than they had before.

"It is clearly important to monitor how patients recover during this period as an initially poor recovery may have lasting consequences," said Madelon Peters from the Department of Clinical Psychological Science at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Moreover, 17 percent reported more pain than they had before their operation and 14 percent said they were not able to function as they had previously.

Results of the study suggest that individuals should view surgical intervention as a last resort option.

Luckily, those suffering from bunion or hammer toe may find relief in bunion splints or orthotics, as the devices have been shown to prevent or correct these foot conditions without the need for painful bunion surgery


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