Most Dangerous Health Scams: Cavitation Surgery
Posted by Xeno on June 14, 2012
Multiple online dental sites proffer this treatment for headaches and neuropathy in the facial nerves. It involves scraping or removing parts of the jaw bone to rid the sufferer of toxic “cavitations,” or holes that reportedly hinder blood flow and “block the body’s energy meridians,” according to one Web site.
Yesterday I witnessed two “cavitation surgeries” where the dentist (a registered California DDS) used “muscle testing” to verify the need for this surgery. The cost was $1,100 for both.
The patient specifically said she wanted only one done, but the biological dentist did both, because he thought it was better to do them both and not one at a time. He stated that there was no cyst, but it was “like a cyst” and that every extracted wisdom tooth needed to later be drilled out and allowed to heal correctly to get rid of trapped anaerobic bacteria. He said what he found was a pocket of soft tissue about the size of his pinky that was yellow or white indicating a problem, but that there was no bad smell from bacteria. If the area was as it should be, he said that what he should find is bone instead of tissue. The idea of the cavitation surgery was to get the bone to grow back in the area he had cleaned out.
Her x-rays appeared to me to show no missing jaw bone in the area of the previous wisdom tooth extractions.
A second dentist I consulted said there would be a cyst if there was bacteria and that performing an surgical procedure without a valid reason could result in a loss of one’s license. This biological dentist has been practicing in California for many years, however, and I found no complaints against him.
In my view the surgery was unnecessary and the muscle testing is not valid, but rather, is a subjective mechanical trick used to verify to the patient that she needed to spend $1,100 on a procedure. While drilling to remove the “bad” tissue and bone, the dentist used “muscle testing” along with probing while the patient was numb to verify that he had cleaned out the area correctly. The muscle testing consisted of the patient holding her arm out and pushing against the doctor’s hand as he tried to move her arm.
The patient has no complaints about the procedure and believes it will help. She will likely return to have the other two more cavitation surgeries done.
I’d be interested to hear your experience and advice.