Robots, Weight Loss Surgery, and a Twisted Tale Out of Baltimore

A cluster of research findings on surgical quality and costs and a disturbing story about a Maryland gynecologist round out this week's news.

1 comments on "Robots, Weight Loss Surgery, and a Twisted Tale Out of Baltimore"
WS (2/27/2013 at 12:31 PM)

Over-treatment and unnecessary treatment are making us sicker and poorer. The medical surgical industrial complex is too driven by the "almighty dollar." We need to return to conservative treatments and stop messing with "mother nature." This will likely require a complete overhaul of the "fee for service" payment structure. Take women's health, for example. The two most overused surgeries are c-section and hysterectomy. As part of the Choosing Wisely Campaign to reduce unnecessary tests and procedures, ACOG included c-section on their list. Why is hysterectomy not on this list? This is especially suspect since a study concluded that 76% of hysterectomies don't meet ACOG's criteria for the surgery. And healthy ovaries are removed in about 73% of hysterectomies so oophorectomy is another surgery that's WAY overused. Women's organs are being removed at alarming rates - 600,000+ hysterectomies every year with 1 in 2 women having one by age 72. Just as a man's SEX organs are needed for optimal health his entire life, so are a woman's.


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