Tag: Laparoscopic surgery

My Belly and Me

So, yeah, the last few days have been somewhat eventful. My gallbladder attacked me and I had to have a laparoscopic cholecystectomy to get it out. I’m home now, under 24 hours after the procedure, recovering nicely and perusing the last few days of Google Reader to see how stupid the Left has been while I was out (answer: very).

Just one thought I’d like to share:

And the more I think about it, the more I am amazed with modern medicine. A couple of centuries ago, my gallbladder would probably have led me to an agonizing death. A couple of decade ago, I would have had open surgery and spent weeks recovering. Now, four cuts and a day later, I’m home and should be recovered within a week or two.

When people ask me why I oppose socialized medicine, this is the reason. Medical science has advanced with incredible rapidity over the last few decades. And the century ahead is going to be filled with challenges, most notably the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. I do think we can get the same innovation for less money. But I fear the heavy hand of government will retard if not end the kind of innovation that got my gallbladder out with comparatively little fuss.

Bastiat talked about what is seen and what is unseen. In the future, we may see a healthcare system that is “free” and treats us all equally. But what is unseen will be the new techniques and drugs that could have made our lives safer and healthier.