DocsConnect knows that anyone who has been recommended for surgery should get an expert second opinion from one of our world-renowned specialists before deciding upon that surgery. If all patients obtain an expert second opinion, patients will receive optimal care by the reduction of unnecessary surgeries, discomfort, complications, rising health care costs, co-pays and deductibles.
The Harvard University School of Public Health estimates that as many as 1.3 million Americans suffer disabling injuries in hospitals yearly. Worldwide every year, millions of patients endure great pain and spend thousands for surgeries they don’t need. The estimated figure for the unnecessary surgical operations all over the world varies from 30%-70%. The following statistics are results of these operations:
Due to Faulty Surgery
It is generally observed that a majority of surgeries are performed for profit. DocsConnect specialists have prevented 42% of unnecessary surgeries which also reduces complications and healthcare costs.
Read the American Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery’s (AIMIS)
statement on expert second opinions.
Possible Aetiology for
Unnecessary Surgical Procedures:
Q & A with Jay Redan, MD
Dr. Redan is a pioneer in the field of minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery.
He leads the general surgery department for DocsConnect, through our exclusive
partnership with the American Institute Of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS).
Question 1: “How much money do we save “the health care system” by performing a reevaluation of surgical indications of a particular operation?”
Answer: Currently in the United States physicians are paid based on volume and not value…. Docs Connect will reverse this reimbursement quandary and place the emphasis back on value and not volume; this is what Accountable Care should be all about. Unfortunately, it appears that anyone that has a uterus needs a hysterectomy and anyone that has a gallbladder needs it removed: this is truly unfortunate and a problem that we can easily correct. I can clearly elaborate on this much more. Data collection in this area will show that we can save the healthcare system billions of dollars by evaluating the appropriateness of a surgical indication.
Question 2: “Why are patients “rushed into surgery without pre-op Optimization?”
Answer: All too often the patient with a newly diagnosed hernia for example, is told to have this repaired immediately for fear of incarceration or strangulation. Clearly this relates back to question one in the discussion about volume. I am sure my colleagues can also relate to this in the field of cardiology and orthopedics. When a patient is taken to the operating room with a body mass index over 40, smokes and diabetes out-of-control, the risk of a complication is extremely high and unnecessary. Had this patient undergone a period of optimization before surgery? While this common sense thought process is becoming more popular, it is still highly underused. Once again, data analytics that can be easily collected by DocsConnect is information that the entire world needs. We are going to save the medical community billions of dollars while giving the patients better care. (Read Dr. Redan’s Bio at www.docsconnect.com)
DocsConnect has an exclusive contract with AIMIS for second opinions. You must contract with DocsConnect to consult with these physicians. Learn more at AIMIS.ORG