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Stop and Think Carefully about Back Surgery

February 28, 2019

If you’re considering having spinal surgery as the final fix for your back pain, I’d like to help you to think again about your options.
I’m a spinal surgeon and I want you to know that surgery is not your best option for recovery from low back pain.

Surgery for relieving back pain has never been shown to be effective in a stringent research study. The most careful research paper published in 2006 demonstrated that only 22% of patients were satisfied with the outcomes two years later. Essentially, all research shows consistently poor outcomes for fusion surgery performed for back pain.

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