Why surgery may be the safer option

Questions to ask before having surgery

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Given a choice between surgery or medicine therapy, most would likely choose medicine - thinking that's safer than an operation.

But Dr.  Sharmila Dissanaike, a Surgeon, says in many cases today, long term medication is not the reasonable option.

"In a lot of conditions, surgery is now safer than medicine therapy. The difference is with medicine, you're spreading the risk over 20 or 30 years. With surgery, you're taking all your risk on one day. So, it seems really scary. but with modern anesthesia, modern surgery, it really is very safe to do."

Dr. Dissanaike was just named Chair of Surgery at the Texas Tech School of Medicine.

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