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Why should I talk to the surgeon before undergoing back surgery?

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The odds that something could go wrong go up for people with certain health conditions. They also vary by type of surgery. Part of your surgeon's job is to identify potential problems. So talk it over before you head to the OR.

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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