How Necessary Are the Medical Interventions?

How Necessary Are the Medical Interventions?

  Autor NN Team Data: 28.12.2007

How Necessary Are the Medical Interventions?
Some medical interventions that were once considered common, are not that common anymore nowadays. It has been proved that some of the most usual and common medical interventions are not worth the risk. How can a parent decide if the doctor must intervene or not? 

Do you remember the picture with the shark mouth in "Finding Nemo"? We had a similar case in our family, last year. My seven years old son noticed that he had new teeth growing next to the old ones, the deciduous ones. This was a real nightmare. 

We went to the dentist, who said without hesitating that "We will wait one more week. If the deciduous teeth don't fall, we apply some Novocaine and we take remove them quickly. They are removed in two seconds, don't worry". But guess what? I was scared very badly. 

I worried a lot as we all do when thinking of our children suffering. First, I felt that I had to do what the doctor said, but then I started hesitating. Was it worthy to make my son go through such traumas? I still remember the pain and scare I felt when I was five, and they removed four of my deciduous teeth. Was it really necessary to do so? But if we waited, could our son remain with peg teeth for his entire life? 

This is just a small example of a medical dilemma that a parent might deal with. Is the surgery really necessary for strabismus or for tonsils removal? What about us, the mothers, should we really go through a tubal ligation or do hormonal treatments? Surgeries that used to be commonl, are not considered necessary anymore. It is even considered that the risks are higher than the benefits. 

Nowadays, in the medical world, the focus is on invasive, traumatic and dangerous surgeries and drug treatments. An American medical magazine published a study regarding a knee surgery. Amazingly, the placebo group, the ones who only thought they went through a surgery, was in the same good state as the ones who really suffered the surgery. 

It seems that more and more people refuse to take large quantities of drugs and look for alternatives. As a parent, you always search more information regarding your child's disease: you may ask for a second opinion from another pediatric specialist, you may read articles or books, or you may read many internet sources. You may find a lot of information online, regarding a specific disease, a certain treatment and the side effects, and they will help you take the right decision. 

You are the only one who can decide what's best for your child. You must consider the physical and psychological effects that the surgery might have on your child. It's possible for the effect to be beneficial physically, but what will be the psychological effects on you? You know your child best, and you know if seeing a needle scares him to death or if he feels like home in the hospital. 

I found many information regarding the removal of deciduous teeth, on the internet. I found out that dentists don't intervene at all when the new teeth grow next to the old ones. Their reasoning seemed right to me. The new teeth are pushed forward with the tongue, and they will remove the deciduous teeth with time. 

After these one will fall, the new teeth will be pushed on their place with the tongue. In this case, the surgery brings many problems and no benefit. The general anesthesia has its risks, but the local one may cause fear of the dentist which lasts for the entire life. Being advised by my mother-in-law, I decided to refuse the Novocaine and the removal of the front teeth. Now, my son has strong, white and healthy teeth and I am glad I didn't make him go through useless torments. 

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