There can be many times when surgery is necessary. But sometimes it's not.
A 2013 USA TODAY study found that tens of thousands of times each year, patients undergo surgery they don't need.
In the case of back pain, more than 300,000 back operations are performed each year.
And how successful are these operations?
- The Cochrane Collaboration, an international network of health-science researchers, that review clinical trials, says: "the scientific evidence for most [back surgical] procedures is unclear."
- Studies have confirmed that whether or not a person undergoes back surgery, 4 years later the outcome is the same with or without surgery.
Even if a surgery is a "success", you may still experience limited or no relief, or limited range of motion, reduced function, loss of ability to perform tasks, and weeks or even months of recovery time and loss of income. And, sooner or later - the pain may return.
"If you can recover from back pain without surgery, you're much better off, surgery can have unforeseen complications, from infections to nerve damage." says Dr Hochschuler, Orthopedic Surgeon and performer of thousands of spine surgeries.
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- Reaction to anesthesia or other drugs
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage, which can result in weakness, paralysis, pain
- Limited range of motion
- Limited mobility
- Limited capacity to lift or carry
My knee fully recovered without any surgery
A few years ago I was having pain in my knee, it was persistent and chronic.
I went to see a specialist who recommended surgery.
I went to Therpoint for help. After several weeks of sessions my knee fully recovered without any surgery and today I can walk, jog and even do squats again.
Dayna Snell, Plainville CT