Patients More Willing Than Ever To Risk Elective Surgery

Lasik Risks for Patients

Thanks to modern technology, patients can now have virtually any cosmetic procedure they want performed in any way they like. These procedures are growing more common as people have more disposable income to spare and an increasing interest in preserving their youthful appearance. Some of the latest elective procedures involving eye care include LASIK, IntraLase, and PRK.

Many procedures, including LASIK, offer quick, outpatient surgery and a fast recovery (a few days usually). Many patients enjoying cosmetic procedures can have them done over a long weekend and return to work refreshed and renewed.

Even though some procedures seem invasive, studies, including one published by the Harris Interactive Health-Care Poll, suggest adults are more willing than ever to take part in invasive surgeries. Despite the known risks of some invasive procedures, most patients report they are interested in preserving their youth or, with LASIK, their ability to see well.

While the number of patients that receive cosmetic procedures remains small compared with the general surgical population, the numbers of patients receiving cosmetic procedures continues to rise.

Who Performs Procedures?
It is a good idea when having any cosmetic procedure, including IntraLase, PRK or LASIK, that you work with a competent professional. According to studies, most patients are interested in having procedures performed by skilled doctors with advanced training in the field they are working in. While some patients receiving procedures report they have their cosmetic surgery done by a medical doctor, more and more technicians are starting to perform complex procedures.

The question is, is it safe to have a technician performing cosmetic procedures? Certain procedures that are relatively benign are probably safe to have done by a technician. If however, you plan to undergo an invasive surgery like LASIK, you should seek the help of a competent and experienced physician. Find someone that has performed at least 500 procedures in the last 12 months.

There are many questions you should ask your doctor to evaluate their credentials. Find out if they have any malpractice cases against them, and ask what area they specialize in. If you are not satisfied with the answers, then go somewhere else. It is important that you do what is best not just for your appearance, but also for your health.

The chances for risks and complications correlate with the skill of the surgeon performing elective procedures. So if you work with a skilled eye doctor that has performed hundreds of LASIK procedures, your risk is much less than if you work with an MD that has little experience performing refractive surgeries. Don't be afraid to ask your doctor for their credentials and quiz them on their experience. Their answers and your reaction may significantly impact your health and well-being post surgery.

One last point. When it comes to elective surgeries, you do get what you pay for. While you may feel tempted to go with the cheapest clinic, chances are you put yourself at greater risk by doing so. Find a competent and qualified doctor, then talk to them about financing your elective procedure. This will reduce your risk of complications and ensure you receive the care you need and deserve.

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