Dear Madame L,
I'm supposed to have an elective
operation later this summer, but I heard that summer is the worst time
to get this operation. Should I go ahead anyway?
Afraid of the Knife
L must emphasize here that she is NOT a doctor. She thinks you should
trust your doctors and surgeons, and if you don't trust them, find other
ones you can trust. Get a second and third opinion.
find out everything you can about your doctors and surgeons: how much
experience they've had with your condition and this particular surgery,
their safety and survival rates, and so on. Madame L knows this is
sometimes difficult to find out, and the types and quantity of
information available to patients varies from state to state and
hospital to hospital. Can you build up your courage to ask your doctor
and surgeon in person about their experience and successes with your
condition and surgery?
But, back to your original question: Madame L has not heard that summertime specifically is a bad time to have surgery.
However, she has heard of a study, mentioned in "The Worst Time to Have Surgery," finding that July 1 is not a great day for surgery because it's the day every hospital's newest doctors begin their work.
In the same article, though,
Madame L finds that another study showed no difference between the
start days of new residents and patient outcomes.
There are other factors you might consider for elective surgery, and they are listed in the article, which even provides a complete list of citations, with links to all the studies.
Wishing you the best of luck with your surgery,