Sometimes necessities are considered to be luxuries, especially when it comes to certain surgical procedures. Below are four of the most common life-altering procedures that many people postpone because they either don’t know enough about the procedure or they consider it an elective luxury.
LASIK Eye Surgery
LASIK eye surgery, also referred to as lasik or laser eye surgery is a procedure that corrects vision impairments due to nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Although this is technically an elective procedure, your vision is not elective.
During this procedure, a surgeon who is trained in ophthalmic surgery utilizes an excimer laser to reshape the cornea. This reduces the need for vision correction devices in the future, including glasses and contact lenses.
Spinal Fusion Surgery
If you have chronic back pain, then you might have an underlying issue such as degenerative disk disease, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis. As anyone with chronic back pain knows, this problem can become debilitating, but the thought of back surgery can be frightening.
If you have one of these conditions, take some time to research spinal fusion surgery and talk to your physician. This procedure joins two or more vertebrae into a single structure in order to stop movement of nearby nerves, ligaments, and muscles. This greatly relieves the back pain, allowing a person to live a more productive life.
Weight loss is important for the health of many individuals but achieving the results necessary can be overly difficult for some—even impossible for others. Bariatric surgery can offer a solution, but this is no small decision. There are many physical and psychological effects of bariatric surgery, and not all of these are positive. Those who underwent the procedure say that successful bariatric surgery requires extensive preparation, long-term recovery, and lifelong changes to the way a person interacts with their body, food, and other people.
A bunion is a deformed area of the foot near the big toe. The larger a bunion gets, the more painful and debilitating it can become. Many postpone bunion removal surgery because they consider it to be unnecessary or something they can put off until the problem becomes more serious. Plus, it can be very painful to recover from.
In reality, bunion removal is best done early. The sooner the procedure is performed, the less complicated and less painful it will be, so don’t postpone it. With modern advancements like minimally invasive bunion surgery, the procedure can be done rather quickly and with rapid recovery.