Back Surgery – The Facts

by Dr. Powell on January 20, 2012

in Doctors,Introduction,Services

– 5.2 million Americans are disabled due to low back pain.

failed back surgery

– In 2007, there were over 1,175,000 back surgeries performed.

– Results of studies consistently show that surgeries have increased risk of complication, without improving disability or reoperation rates.

– One study showed that among 600 people who had a single back surgery, 71% did not return to work after 4 years. Out of 400 people who had multiple surgeries, 95% did not return to work after 4 years.

– 2 years after fusion surgery, 64% were disabled, 22% had a second operation, and 12% had other complications.

Possible surgery complications include:

  • Burned, lacerated, or torn nerve roots.
  • Damaged to the arteries that supply the lower spinal cord.
  • Scar tissue formation, spinal cord adhesions.
  • Deep vein thrombosis and potential pulmonary embolism.
  • Paraplegia or Quadriplegia.

– The cost of chiropractic care is around **3%** of the cost of surgical care.

– Non-surgical disc decompression reverses degeneration of discs.

– The majority of disc herniations recover with conservative care.


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