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Doctor, is there an alternative to this surgery? This may be the best question you ever ask. Consumer Reports has listed 12 surgeries you may be better off without. The conclusion: “before you have these invasive procedures, check out safer alternatives.” Among the 12 surgeries are Angiography, Cesarean section, Enlarged-prostate procedures, Surgery for back pain and Surgical weight loss. And, by the way, proper medical care requires that alternatives to surgical care be presented to a patient in the process of obtaining an informed consent (along with the risks and benefits of surgery).

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