Top List: 45 overused medical procedures

Published: Wednesday, April 11 2012 3:24 p.m. MDT

Jason Olson, Deseret News
Medical procedures are often necessary. But do medical physicians ever suggest procedures that aren't needed? Apparently they do. Here's a list of medical procedures that cost Americans billions that aren't always needed. A list with more detail can be found at Choosing Wisely.
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Millie Bess

This is a very helpful and informative article. Thanks for giving us the list that we all need to look at. This article really makes me take a second look at many on the list.

Bountiful, UT

I find it interesting that nearly all the pictures had nothing to do with the treatment listed. Also, most of the descriptions seemed to me to be repeated and also not to a level that would actually make the information valuable to most people. The concept is a good idea though.

Pendleton, OR

I wonder at the source for these assertions by Mister Bullock. I am aware of an asymptomatic case of pre-screening for a non-cardiac surgery that discovered an artery blockage that would have resulted in death if a clot had formed during surgery or in recovery. I am aware of another case where an unsuspected occlusion of the carotid did result in death after the setting and splinting of a broken leg let a blood clot loose to travel.

To say that such pre-screening should not be done categorically seems at best unwise and at worst that someone is beating the overdone medical tests drum.

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