7 procedures that do more harm than good

Hospital doctors are still performing inappropriate surgeries that can leave patients with severe complications, a NSW study shows

Hospital doctors are putting patients at risk by continuing to perform seven low-value procedures, Australian researchers warn.

The seven procedures — two of which are being carried out on high-risk patients — are still taking place at NSW public hospitals despite not being recommended by clinical experts.

The procedures include the following:

  1. Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm in asymptomatic patients at high surgical risk
  2. Renal artery angioplasty
  3. Carotid endarterectomy in asymptomatic patients at high surgical risk
  4. Spinal fusion for low back pain
  5. Knee arthroscopy for osteoarthritis or meniscal tears
  6. Colonoscopy for constipation in people under 50
  7. Endoscopy for dyspepsia in people under 55

The researchers, led by Professor Adam Elshaug of the University of Sydney’s school of