Hundreds of thousands of times each year, doctors install stents (tiny wire cages) in blocked heart arteries, not only to provide better blood flow to the body’s most important muscle but also ostensibly to provide pain relief to patients. Surgeons also perform tens of thousands of different, minimally invasive procedures with the help of elaborate and expensive robot devices.
All these surgeries, which cost patients tens of thousands of dollars and carry real risks, are evidence-based and well-supported in their outcomes, right?
Wrong. And here’s hoping, not dead wrong.