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What are the benefits of back surgery?

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Often, the result is more than just less pain. You may:

  • You can move around better.
  • You're more physically fit.
  • Your mood improves.
  • You don't need to take as much pain medicine.
  • You can go back to work.
  • You're more productive at work.

From: Back Surgery: Pros and Cons WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Canale, S. Mosby, 2008. Campbell's Operative Orthopedics,

Pengel, L. 2003. BMJ,

Mirza, S. 2007. Spine,

Brox, J. 2010. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases,

Chou, R. 2009. Spine,

Turner, J. 1992. Journal of the American Medical Association,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Spinal Fusion," "Artificial Disk Replacement in the Lumbar Spine," "Low Back Pain."

FDA: "Coflex Interlaminar Technology P110008."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 1, 2018

SOURCES:

Canale, S. Mosby, 2008. Campbell's Operative Orthopedics,

Pengel, L. 2003. BMJ,

Mirza, S. 2007. Spine,

Brox, J. 2010. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases,

Chou, R. 2009. Spine,

Turner, J. 1992. Journal of the American Medical Association,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Spinal Fusion," "Artificial Disk Replacement in the Lumbar Spine," "Low Back Pain."

FDA: "Coflex Interlaminar Technology P110008."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 1, 2018

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