What is Surgery?

Category: Surgeries


Surgery is a medical specialty that uses operative manual and instrumental techniques on a patient to investigate and/or treat a pathological condition such as disease or injury, to help improve bodily function or appearance, or sometimes for some other reason.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 14 5
Support quality of life 5 1
Pain in lower back 4 1
Colon cancer 3 2
Torn meniscus of knee 3 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 10
Moderate 7
Mild 7
None 6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Surgery

Side effect Patients
Pain 4
Recovery time-6weeks 2
Abdominal bloating 1
Acid reflux 1
Arthritis pain in hip 1
Arthritis pain in spine 1

Show all 31 reported side effects


Based on patients currently having Surgery

Dosage Patients
1other as needed 2
one time 1

Why patients stopped taking Surgery

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 4
Other 4
Doctor's advice 2
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Currently having Surgery

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped having Surgery

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 100
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 6
Adherence Evaluations
Always 20
Usually 2
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 6
Not specified 16
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9 patient evaluations for Surgery

Oct 30, 2012 (Started Dec 04, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 11, 2012 (Started Jan 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for urethral discomfort)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: Uncontrolled flow urine Like a shower
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nov 15, 2011 (Started Nov 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for herniated disc)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for degenerative disc disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sciatic neuralgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: I suffered from sciatic pain due to a herniated disc in the lumbar spine (L4-L5). While the pain was bad I was really afraid from surgery. Here are some points that I want to raise: 1. From what I read, a very important factor in resolving sciatic pain is....TIME. Frequently the pain passes spontaneously. If the pain is bad and it does not subside, even if there is no deterioration I would consider surgery. I waited over 9 months to do surgery. Looking backwards from my experience, if you don't see any improvement over 4-6 months, you should start searching for a surgeon. 2. There are no oral medications that were shown to relieve sciatic pain. Everything that the Dr might suggest and that you might consider trying - NSAIDS, lyrica, etc., was never shown to work. Don't be surprised if it does not work for you. 3. From my experience physical therapy is not only not beneficial, it might be quite disastrous for your level of pain as you will get much worse almost instantly. For more info about my experience with physical therapists, please look at My Treatments. 4. Epidural steroid injections sometimes work (you can see my comments about them). However, if they don't work for you and you waited long enough, it's time to search for a surgeon. 5. The first issue that you need to think about when search for a surgeon is whether you are going to do it with a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon who specializes, and did fellowship, in back surgery. I decided to go with the latter. While I am sure that many neurosurgeons do great back surgery, it is important to remember that a herniated disc is a mechanical problem and not a neurologic problem. You might have some damage to the nerve (with me it's sensory nerves as manifested by tingling sensations that are still with me after the surgery, for other people it might be motor nerves). However, the problem with the nerve is due to a mechanical reason, a disc that is pressing on it. It's not a neurologic problem. From my understanding neurosurgeons are mostly interested in treating neurological problems and not mechanical problems. They will surely be happy to do diskectomy as it's a very easy procedure for them, and the compensation is surely appealing for them. However, if you are interested in doing this surgery with a surgeon whose main interest is mechanical problems in the back, you should do it with an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in back surgery. 6. Diskectomy (today it's usuaslly microdiskectomy) is a relatively simple procedure for surgeons. You should probably find a surgeon who does many more complex back surgeries and will find this procedure straight forward.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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