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Too Many Spine Fusion Surgeries?

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2011
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The surgeons’ task is made more difficult because of the “more challenging expectations of the baby boomer population; they want to get on their feet [quickly],” Massoud says. Some patients, who may be elderly, have eroding spine conditions, but move relatively well. In
that case, surgery would not be necessary, he says. “My philosophy is, treat the patient, not
the x-ray.”

Older patients with lower-back pain are increasingly getting more costly and complex spinal fusion surgeries, resulting in higher rates of life-threatening complications and increasing costs for the healthcare system, according to research from the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR.

The study also suggested that complex spinal fusion surgeries offer little benefit over simple procedures for most patients and increase the risk
of complications.


Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.
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B.M.Luklinski ( Mr ) (8/16/2011 at 4:52 AM)
Spinal surgeries ( world FRAUD ) are 100% ineffective due to a FALSE concept /application ,yet is is done for commercial profitability.,.27.5 billion USD is a very lucrative business....no wonder...Useless spinal surgeons "experts" in FAILED BACK SYNDROME = iurrevocable LIFE DISABILITY are culpricts of millions practice "science fiction " corrupted procedures with USA being world leaders..... Lay stupid people "guinea pigs" are crippled victims of own uneducated ignorance.....