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Do You Really Need That Invasive Procedure?

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Consumer Reports offers a list of 12 invasive surgeries you may be better off without – meaning there may be safer, successful alternatives. Among them, weight-loss surgery, hysterectomy, and wisdon tooth extraction.

Such overuse typically arises when surgeons don’t keep up with the research and either perform discredited operations or do proven procedures in inappropriate patients, embrace cutting-edge approaches before their safety and efficacy are proved, and recommend an unproven procedure without describing the other treatment options.