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6 operations that you should not avoid if needed

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It is no secret that many people try to avoid going under the knife whenever possible. While some operations can indeed be postponed or even avoided altogether, there are others that you should not ignore. Here are six operations that you should not avoid if needed:

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1. Appendectomy

An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix, a small organ near the large intestine. Appendicitis, or inflammation of the appendix, is the most common reason for an appendectomy.

While you can often treat appendicitis with antibiotics, surgery is typically needed to remove the appendix. This is because the appendix can rupture or burst, causing infection and potentially life-threatening complications.

When to see a doctor

See your doctor immediately if you experience severe pain in the lower right side of your abdomen. Other symptoms of appendicitis include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and fever.

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2. Tonsillectomy

A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils, two small organs located in the back of the throat. Often performed to treat tonsillitis or inflammation of the tonsils, tonsillectomies are also commonly performed to treat sleep apnea, a condition that causes interrupted breathing during sleep. Enlarged tonsils or adenoids can cause sleep apnea.

When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you or your child experiences sore throat, fever and swollen tonsils for more than a few days. You should also see your doctor if you or your child snores loudly or has difficulty sleeping.

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3. Gastrectomy

Gastrectomy is a surgery to remove part or all of the stomach . Such surgeries are often performed to treat stomach cancer and may also be performed to treat other conditions, such as gastric ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and certain types of hernias.

When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you experience persistent stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing or significant weight loss for no apparent reason.

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4. Colectomy

A colectomy is the surgical removal of part or all of the large intestine. Colectomies are often performed to treat colon cancer and may also be performed to treat other conditions of the large intestine, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and certain types of hernias.

When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you experience persistent abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, or weight loss. You should also consult your physician if you have a family history of colon cancer.

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5. Root canal

In dentistry, root canals are used to treat infected teeth. The infection can occur due to decay, injury, or disease. Root canals are typically performed by dentists, but oral surgeons can also do them.

Root canals are generally safe procedures but there is a small chance that the infection could return. If this happens, you may need to have another root canal or have the tooth removed. It is a bit of an expensive procedure, as most root canals cost between $500 and $1,500, depending on the severity of the infection and the type of tooth that is affected.

During this procedure, the dentist removes the infected tissue from the tooth and fill the tooth with a special material that will help to protect the tooth from further infection. Then, the dentist will place a crown over the tooth to protect it from further damage. In some causes, this procedure may be the only way to save an infected tooth.

When to see a doctor

See a dentist as soon as possible if you experience tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or swelling around the tooth. These could be signs of an infection that will need to be treated with a root canal.

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6. Hip replacement

A hip replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces a damaged or diseased hip joint with an artificial joint. Hip replacements are typically performed on patients with arthritis or other conditions that cause hip pain. It is major surgery, and they come with a risk of complications, such as infection, blood clots and joint dislocation. Recovery from hip surgery can take several months.

Hip replacements typically cost between $30,000 and $50,000. However, the cost will vary depending on the type of hip replacement and the hospital where the surgery is performed. If you are considering a hip replacement, discussing the risks and benefits with your doctor is important. You should also get a second opinion from another doctor before making a decision.

When to see a doctor

See your doctor immediately if you had an accident or injury that caused hip pain. If you have arthritis or another condition causing hip pain, see your doctor, and discuss your treatment options. Hip replacements are typically only recommended for patients who have tried other treatments, such as physical therapy, and have not found relief.

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These six, along with other medical procedures, are important and helpful. Some might be a little afraid of them but it is better to go through with the surgery than to live in pain or with a disability.

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