Too Many Spine Fusion Surgeries?
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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
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
Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.
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