In a new book, Australian orthopedic surgeon Ian Harris argues that the evidence for the success for many common operations, including Tennis Elbow surgeries, knee arthroscopies, spinal fusions, epidural steroid injections and cardiac stenting procedures is no better than placebo and may actually cause more harm than good.
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Ian Harris, an Australian Orthopedic surgeon and Professor has confessed to performing surgery “that doesn’t work” in response to pressure from patients and other factors.
In ‘Surgery, The Ultimate Placebo’ he writes:
“For many complaints and conditions, the real benefit from surgery is lower and the risks are higher than you or your surgeon think.”
I admire this Doctor’s honesty and willingness to utter what may be tantamount to medical heresy!
Here’s a mini post where I go into a little more detail: