Is Your Doctor Explaining All Your Options?

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Does your doctor explain all of your treatment options?

When your doctor suggests a procedure, do you trust that it’s the only treatment option and that he/she would explain any other possibilities? If so, you may want to start asking more questions.

According to a study published earlier this year in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, many surgical patients are not informed by their doctors of alternative treatments.

The study surveyed 685 patients who had prostate-cancer surgery and 472 who had stents for coronary heart disease about what treatment options their doctors presented them before they opted for surgery.

Only 36 percent of the prostate-surgery patients and 10 percent of stent patients reported discussing other alternatives with their doctors.

Although these procedures are very different, what they have in common is that “completely conservative treatment is a reasonable option for both,” according to Floyd J. Fowler Jr., an author of the study who was quoted in a Wall Street Journal piece.

Have you ever undergone a surgical procedure, only to find out after that there were other viable options? Tell us in the comments section below!

Source: blogs. wsj.com