Back Pain Often Ends Without Surgery
Study: Surgery Fastest Treatment for Back and Leg Pain, but Waiting Works, Too
Spondylolisthesis: Surgery vs. No Surgery continued...
Weinstein says that patients with spondylolisthesis should know that back
surgery is very likely to relieve their pain. But they should also know that it
won't bring them all the way back to normal levels of function. And it's also
important for them to know that if they don't want to undergo surgery, they can
still expect significant recovery.
So what should patients do?
"Go to a doctor who will share this information with you, who can
understand your preferences, and help you make the choice that is best for
you," Weinstein says. "This study shows surgery works a little better
than nonsurgical treatment. But there are patients who choose not to have
surgery. And that is a good choice, too."