9 White Lies You Need to Stop Telling Your Docs
If you're not telling the whole truth (and nothing but the truth), you could be harming your health
Why you should fess up: "If a patient is undergoing surgery and electrocautery (passing currents through a metal wire to generate heat) is used to control bleeding, the current can run through a metal piercing and fry that skin ... oops," says Dr. Barbara Bergin, an orthopedic surgeon in Austin, Texas. Earrings are noticeable enough, but if someone is having knee or shoulder surgery, there's no need for nurses or doctors to examine certain, uh, obscure body parts. "Please just take out your piercings and leave them at home, or remember to say 'yes,' when the nurse asks you if you have any body piercings," says Bergin.
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