Why Should I Want to Choose My Surgically Implanted Medical Device?
If you ask BARD, Google’s version of conversational AI, what surgeons want from their patients, it will tell you “Cooperation: Surgeons want to work with patients who are cooperative. This means that patients are willing to follow the surgeon’s instructions and that they are not making things difficult for the surgeon.”
While I respect a surgeon’s training, experience, and expertise, I certainly don’t want to just do what I’m told. I want to work with a surgeon or other doctor who wants me to have a voice in a decision that will have an enormous impact on me for the rest of my life. I want to know what my choices are, and how they stack up against each other.
"The human desire for choice is a powerful force, a complex and multifaceted phenomenon"
- It is driven by a variety of factors, including our need for autonomy, our desire for control, and our need for self-determination, which can lead to a greater sense of satisfaction and fulfillment
- Choice gives us the power to shape our own lives, it is a precious gift, and it is up to us to make the most of it. It is a fundamental human right, and it is essential to our well-being.
- Without choice, we would be slaves to our circumstances
- We would be unable to make our own decisions, and we would be at the mercy of others.
However, there are some potential drawbacks to having too much choice. Too much choice can lead to decision fatigue, anxiety, and stress. This is likely the outcome when we don’t have enough high quality information to be comfortable with our decision, or when the effort required to find enough high quality information is too overwhelming.
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Ultimately, the best way to deal with the human desire for choice is to find a balance. We need to have enough choice to feel in control of our lives, but we also need to avoid having so much choice that it becomes overwhelming. We can find this balance by making decisions that are in line with our own needs and preferences.
Patient9 helps you find that balance. In the postings on this site, by people who have worked in large academic medical centers and who have had their own share of device implants as patients, you will find discussions that speak to what matters – patient preferences, risk / benefit, pain and inconvenience, quality of life, cost, ease of use, just to name a few.
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Improving Patient Education about Implantable Medical Devices
Here are some additional tips for educating yourself about implantable medical devices so that you can make an informed choice with your doctor about which device is right for you:
- Ask questions: Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor questions about implantable medical devices. The more you know, the better equipped you will be to make a decision about which device is right for you.
- Get second opinions: It’s always a good idea to get second opinions from other doctors before you have an implantable medical device. This will help you to ensure that you are making the best decision for your health.
- Talk to other patients: Patient9 can connect you to support groups for patients with implantable medical devices. Talking to other patients can give you valuable insights and information about the devices.
It takes time to learn about implantable medical devices. Don’t expect to know everything about them overnight. Take your time and educate yourself so that you can make an informed decision.
So, if you’d like to take charge of your health, and be a partner with your doctor rather than a passive participant, read on…
“Educate yourself. Be Prepared. Avoid Stress”.
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