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How will I know if I need surgery for pain?

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It depends on why you're in pain. If you’ve had a sudden injury or accident, you might need surgery right away.

But if you have chronic pain, you may or may not need an operation or another procedure.

Talk with your doctor about what results you can expect and any side effects, so you can weigh the risks and the benefits. Also ask how many times the doctor has done the procedure they recommend and what their patients have said about how much relief they’ve gotten.

SOURCES:

Nurse.com: "Pain Management Basics."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Pain Management."

Healthinaging.org: "Pain Management: Basic Facts & Information."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Patient Information: Spinal Cord Stimulation.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Chronic Pain,” “Spinal Manipulation.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet,” “Pain: Hope Through Research.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Nurse.com: "Pain Management Basics."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Pain Management."

Healthinaging.org: "Pain Management: Basic Facts & Information."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Patient Information: Spinal Cord Stimulation.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Chronic Pain,” “Spinal Manipulation.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet,” “Pain: Hope Through Research.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 15, 2017

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