Aug 10, 2010 - 10:53 pm
I keep seeing this surgery slammed over & over and it's getting to me. I did have this surgery three months ago and have had many complications but these were due to causes unrelated to the type of surgery I had. I have a problem believing that the finest medical center in the modern world - Mayo Clinic- would consistently prefer this surgery over a less invasive one without solid, proven research as to its efficacy. I do not believe that the only or primary reason it's still the top choice is simply because "it's been done for half a century". Mayo is at the cutting edge of the best possible procedures. If the MIE was so superior, I believe Mayo would be employing it more of the time than not.
I'm having a consult with the head of thoracic surgery in two weeks and plan to inquire more about the MIE. I'll report back with his response on this site, but in the meantime I question the helpfulness of those who'd only urge one method over another. I have no back pain or any other problems from the surgery itself, by the way.