Surgery is a beautiful process of treatment which originated centuries ago, even before discovery of drugs.
The first surgical operation with complete attention to present-day preoperative ritual was in the Garden of Eden.
God was firstly a surgeon before he became a physician. Although the history of surgery is rough, especially when there was no anesthetic application (to relieve pain), it has wrought wonders.
From limbs to internal organ, surgery has helped in removal, replacement, implantation and so on.
Reasons for Surgery
As a treatment modality, surgery is the option of choice when there are anatomical deformation(s) affecting physical and social activities.
A number of possibilities exists with surgery; replacement of organs/body parts, encouragement of wound healing, implantation, removal e.t.c.
Some types of surgical procedures are for investigative purposes, invasively or non-invasively.
Process of Surgery
After appropriate diagnosis, and indication for surgery, surgeons carry out a special bath with antiseptics, separate surgical site and begin.
Depending on the procedure, patient’s positioning varies. During surgery (usually carried out by a senior surgeon), there is a careful manoeuvre around tissues and organ.
Instruments are accounted for by assisting nurse, including drapes, cotton, threads, and needles (sutures). An Anesthetic team monitors vital signs while assisting Doctor to ensure clear field of operation and supports in retractions.
Fears Concerning Surgery
As beautiful as the art is, it is strongly advised against by surgeons because it is stressful situation for the body. Resolution for surgery is usually always because of intense necessity or lack of alternative solution(s).
Also, some procedures carry varying percentage success and survival rates. Probably because of the disease condition(s) or site of operation.
Others are as a result of bad surgical practices, negligence or degree of professionalism and art.
The common concerns and reason for fear of surgery manifests as:
- They can forget instruments inside you
- It is death sentence
- It is expensive
- People don’t survive surgeries
- You can bleed to death
What Can Be Done?
Professionalism should be valued more than cost, proximity, interrelationships between doctors and patients and secrecy.
Choose high success rates over sentiments and rumours. The greater the fear, the greater the possibility of falling into its claws. Seek the best care, irrespective of costs.