I'm afraid of surgery. How do the benefits and risks compare?
"In the majority of situations, surgery is the treatment of last resort. There are some exceptions to that rule to help the patient, but those are rare situations. It is important for us to remember that Mother Nature has good healing potential, and we can't beat that in a lot of ways. Being afraid of surgery is normal. There are new anesthetic techniques, so the risk there is minimal. Neurological complications, such as numbness or weakness, aren't very common. And with today's techniques, the vast majority of patients do very well with surgery."