3 Surgeries That Could Change Your Life (Without Months of Recovery)

It can be frustrating if you’ve committed to a healthy lifestyle — regular exercise, eating right, plenty of sleep — and you still struggle with managing certain aspects of your health. If we’re being honest, not everything our bodies do (or don’t do) is within our control.

We can try to give it everything it needs to help it get us to work, travel to new places, and enjoy life overall, but sometimes our body is beyond us. We can just be born with some unlucky health issues. However, the healthcare world is starting to become more effectual at correcting our problematic issues with efficient, quick surgical procedures to change our lives from uncomfortable, unhappy, and unmanageable.

So where do we start?

Committing to a surgical procedure can be overwhelming — and shouldn’t be taken lightly. However, if you find yourself tired of having to deal with the same problem over and over again, then it’s time to start finding the best option for you.

Here are three common surgical procedures that have shown to greatly improve patients’ overall livelihood without an extensive (and costly) recovering time.

1. LASIK

For this list, LASIK is by far the most accessible and quickest surgery to undergo. The surgery usually lasts around 30 minutes or less and can now be done completely blade-free. LASIK is a minor surgery (they don’t even put you under) that helps correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. You will have to sport some rather unfashionable glasses for a while, but the typical recovery time is around six weeks.

LASIK is a great option to consider for two main reasons: it cuts down on the overall cost and time of getting new contacts, glasses, and going to eye appointments each year and can fix a tricky astigmatism that contacts and glasses can’t help with. If you need more information before contacting your doctor, here is a helpful list of things you should consider before getting LASIK surgery. It will be fantastic to start seeing your world through clearer eyes.

2. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Undergoing oral surgery is another procedure that could be potentially life changing. Oral and maxillofacial surgeries can be performed to correct a number of issues: a misaligned jaw, impacted wisdom or bicuspid teeth, or tooth loss — to name a few. We use our mouths to eat, communicate, and whistle our favorite tunes. It can be difficult to enjoy any of these if you’re dealing with painful oral issues.

While this procedure isn’t as simple as LASIK, oral and maxillofacial surgeries are typically minor operations that’ll have you home the same day as surgery. You’ll also have a quick recovery time if you follow all your doctor’s recommendations post-op. On average patients are back to their normal schedule after just a few days, depending on the surgery. Most likely you’ll be stuck eating soft foods with puffy cheeks and a careful dental hygiene regimen for a few weeks, but you’ll be able to proudly show off your new smile at the end of it all.

3. Acid Reflux Surgery

Acid reflux is a painful and annoying health issue that can disrupt your life in numerous ways. The painful inflammation of the esophagus can be caused by several factors and does have the ability to be treated with medication. However, if it’s a regular pain interrupting your life and over the counter medication is losing its ability to combat the issue, it would be worth checking into acid reflux surgery so you can start focusing on all the important things in life again — like enjoying a slice of pizza without painful reflux interfering.

Feeling regularly uncomfortable — physically and emotionally — can interfere with various facets of your life. If this is the year you decide to go forward with a surgical procedure to improve your overall wellbeing, then it’s important to be well-informed and to speak with your doctor about what steps you can begin taking today. Good luck!