Experts have long debated whether the term “surgically” is appropriate for referring to treatment that’s done to the body.
And now, a new study suggests that doctors may be overreacting.
“What’s happening is that doctors are treating some patients with things that are not really medically necessary,” says Dr. Steven Fuchs, a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University.
“So what we’re doing is using the term ‘surgical’ in an incorrect way, and that’s really troubling.”
The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined whether the word surgical could be interpreted in a more neutral way.
The researchers analyzed data from over 3,500 adults between the ages of 19 and 63 who were either treated for cancer or had a spinal cord injury and asked them to fill out questionnaires about their pain, swelling, and overall satisfaction with their treatment.
They also recorded information about their medical history and their overall health.
The data included symptoms such as muscle spasms, numbness, tingling, pain, tinnitus, or dizziness.
The study included participants who also filled out question cards that included their doctor’s diagnosis and a description of the treatment they were receiving.
The participants then took the questionnaire again and rated their satisfaction with each treatment.
The overall satisfaction ratings were higher for those who were receiving a spinal injury treatment than for those receiving a standard treatment.
However, for those treating cancer, the researchers found that overall satisfaction was lower for the treatments that were “surgy-based.”
They also found that participants who were not receiving chemotherapy but were receiving treatment for “surgery-based” pain were more likely to be satisfied.
“I think that’s a really interesting finding, because I think the treatment of surgery is a little bit more specific than we’re used to,” Fuchs says.
“You’re really looking at the treatment itself, and if you’re not getting the full benefit of that, then you’re going to get more severe pain.”
But the study found that the use of surgical terminology in this way may have unintended consequences.
The authors found that while participants who had been treated with chemotherapy were more satisfied overall, those who received a spinal fusion or “sural fusion” were less satisfied overall.
“That’s not good,” says Fuchs.
“This is a treatment for a very specific injury that can really be treated.
So the researchers suggested that the best way to think of surgery as “satisfying” is to consider how the patient responds to it. “
But if you think about cancer as something that’s going to be painful for a certain amount of time, you can’t be going through surgery and then going through chemo for a long time and expect to be cured.”
So the researchers suggested that the best way to think of surgery as “satisfying” is to consider how the patient responds to it.
That’s because many types of surgery are done to relieve pain.
Fuchs points out that it’s often very difficult to tell whether the person who’s receiving a procedure feels pain at the end of the procedure.
For example, a catheter might feel a slight twinge after surgery, but the person that has it will not.
“If the patient does feel a pain, then we don’t know how that pain relates to the outcome,” Fuch says.
The reason for this, he says, is that many people experience pain and are able to tell when they’ve been treated for it.
“It’s hard to tell what pain is associated with the outcome of the therapy, so that’s one reason why there’s a lot of confusion around pain in surgery.”
Dr. James R. Eagan, an infectious disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, says that this study is important because it suggests that people can interpret surgery as something they’re actually experiencing.
“The more we know about the patient, the better we can treat them,” he says.
And he says that understanding the patient’s experience and what they need to do is very important for doctors to take into account when deciding what kind of treatment to provide.
“As a surgeon, you want to know what the individual is experiencing,” Eagan says.
That includes what they’re experiencing when they go to the surgeon.
“We’re very lucky that most of the surgeries that we perform are painless and do not require a lot,” Egan says.
But he also says that “pain is a very subjective experience,” and that patients can experience pain in any part of their body.
“Pain is not a bad thing.
Pain is a natural and necessary part of life.
If we can identify and manage pain appropriately, then there’s very little that can go wrong,” he adds.
In a recent article for the journal Surgery, Dr. Peter Koller, a professor of surgery at the University of