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Why You Should Avoid Afternoon Surgery


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  • A study conducted by Duke University researchers found that adverse events related to surgical anesthesia were more frequent for surgeries started between 3 pm and 4 pm than they were for those that began early in the morning, at 7 am
  • Adverse events such as nausea, vomiting and postoperative pain were more common in the afternoon surgeries, as were administrative delays, such as waiting for laboratory test results, doctors running late and rooms not being ready on time, all of which have the potential to ultimately increase adverse events
  • Natural dips in circadian rhythm, fatigue, and shift changes may all play a part in why afternoon surgeries may be more prone to adverse events
  • My number one suggestion is to be proactive by leading a healthy lifestyle and thereby avoiding the need to go to a hospital in the first place, unless it's an absolute emergency and you need life-saving medical attention

By Dr. Mercola

If you are scheduling a surgery, you probably put some thought to the procedure itself, the surgeon who will perform the procedure and, hopefully, which hospital to go to.

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