Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 23 September 2023

Surgery: What Patients Must Know

It is generally accepted that at least a quarter of all surgical operations performed are unnecessary. The real figure is much higher – probably half.

For some types of surgery for example: heart surgery, tonsillectomies, circumcisions, caesarian sections for pregnant women and hysterectomies – the percentage of unnecessary operations is almost certainly much, much higher than that.

At least 90% of all heart surgery is unnecessary.

With many operations (such as hernia repair) the downside is often considerably greater than the upside.

Operations are done unnecessarily for a huge variety of reasons.

Some – particularly those performed on private patients – may be done because the surgeon needs the cash because his boat needs repainting.

And some unnecessary operations are done because it’s easier to cut open a patient than it is to think about alternatives. If you go to a Ford garage, the salesman will recommend a Ford motor car. If you visit a surgeon he will recommend surgery.

As the years go by, so the number of unnecessary operations continues to increase.

And it isn’t just a problem because of the unnecessary pain and discomfort that patients have to put up with.

At least 1% of the patients who undergo surgery will die on the operating table or in the ward afterwards. One in every 100 patients who goes into hospital for an operation does not walk out again afterwards.

Of course, some patients are very ill when they are wheeled into the operating theatre.

And some patients would have died without surgery.

Many of those patients were perfectly healthy when they are taken into the operating theatre. They were having surgery because they had been persuaded by doctors that it was necessary, or that it would in some way improve the quality of their lives.

Back in 1988 (in a book called The Health Scandal) I reported that coronary artery bypass surgery (the commonest procedure performed in cardiac surgery) had been in use for nearly 30 years without anyone trying to find out how patients’ everyday lives were affected by the operation.

When a survey was eventually done, it was found that whereas nearly half of the patients who had the operation had been working right up to the time of surgery, three months after the operation, only just over a third of the men were working. And a year after the operation, nearly half of the patients were still not working. In other words, the operation had little positive effect on patients’ lives but did put a good many out of action for some time. And there were, of course, a number of patients who died as a result of surgical complications.

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