Do I Really Need Surgery?

July 6, 2015

If you have been referred to our practice from your primary care physician, it is likely that you do need surgery. This may be because the condition you are experiencing can only be corrected by surgery, such as hernias or gallbladder disease, which cannot be improved by any other method. The other possibility is that your team of medical professionals has determined that medications and non-surgical treatment has not offered the relief you or they have expected – they feel that surgery may be the best option for you.

Some patients, having done their research or having spoken to friends, may have found out about an effective surgical procedure for their condition. We certainly encourage our patients to do their homework, however we caution against drawing conclusions without proper medical advice. The only way to know if surgery is truly the right option is to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons or to speak to your primary care physician.

Another Consideration – Are You A Suitable Candidate for Surgery?

Some patients may well benefit from a surgical procedure, but one or more medical conditions may prevent them from being candidates for the procedure. Our pre-operative process is a thorough one – and for good reason. We have to make sure that the benefits of surgery outweigh the risks of the procedure. Very poor general health is the most common reason for postponing surgery, however other conditions can also create unacceptably high risk. We will work with you to create a plan for the most effective and safe outcomes possible.

Surgery has never been as safe and as accessible as it is today. And with the progression of advanced minimally invasive techniques, recoveries are shorter and generally less painful. Surgery is always daunting but we are dedicated to making your experience as safe and comfortable as it can be.

Ultimately, we want you to understand why you may need surgery and feel completely comfortable with our practice. As such, we look forward to meeting you and we encourage you to bring along any concerns or questions you have about the procedure you are considering.

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Advanced Surgical Associates is one of the first exclusively surgical groups practicing in Union County New Jersey. And that is just the first of many firsts for ASA. For over 40 years, we have pioneered breakthrough surgical patient care in North Jersey in both general and weight loss surgery. ASA also offers gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and gastric banding to those suffering from obesity in New Jersey.
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