Making the Case for Lumbar Disc Surgery

Lumbar disc surgery is one of the most commonly performed operations in the United States, and past studies have suggested that surgery provides faster pain relief and recovery for patients with herniated discs, compared to nonsurgical treatment. Now, results of an 8 year follow-up study to be published this month in the journal Spine confirm that carefully selected patients who underwent surgery for a lumbar disc herniation achieved greater improvement than non-operatively treated patients. The study also showed that nonsurgical treatment can provide lasting benefits for some patients. Read a news report here.

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