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Surgery For Spinal Disc Conditions
Dr. Ron Daulton, Jr.
When discussing spinal disc conditions, surgery is the last resort and there’s very good reasons for this.
First of all, the majority of studies show that the success rate of conservative care is better, or at least equivalent to surgery. The research studies I’ve listed here are just a few of the studies that have shown this.
- "Surgery versus conservative management of sciatica due to a lumbar herniated disc: a systematic review," European Spine Journal, 2011
- "Conservative management of lumbar disc herniation with associated radiculopathy: a systematic review," Spine, May 2010
- "Chiropractic treatment of cervical radiculopathy caused by a herniated cervical disc," Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, February 1994
- "The outcomes of lumbar microdiscectomy in a young, active population: correlation by herniation type and level," Spine, January 2008
And because there can be complications with surgery, most doctors will try everything else first, because why would you take the risk of going through surgery if you can experience relief using more conservative methods?
In fact, one of the biggest concerns about surgery is the failure rate. According to the study "Related factors with the failed surgery of herniated lumbar disc," which was done by a research hospital in Spain, the failure rate of Spinal Disc Surgery is as high as 40%! That means that at least 1 in 3 people who have spinal disc surgery will not experience relief.
In addition to that, they found that the failure rate increases to over 50% when an individual has surgery more than once! So, if you’re in that position where you’ve already had surgery and are considering another one, you need to think seriously about that! Especially if your first surgery failed.
Another concern with certain types of surgical procedures is that they can cause the disc to degenerate more quickly. That means that you develop arthritis in the disc more quickly.
A study in the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Technology entitled, "Accelerated degeneration after failed cervical and lumbar nucleoplasty" showed that 42% of the people who had this type of procedure showed more degeneration within the treated disc a year after the procedure than they would have if they never had the procedure at all.
So What’s The Bottom Line?
Ultimately, surgery should only be considered as a last resort. Everything should be tried first, and I mean EVERYTHING. And if you’ve only done the treatments we discussed earlier in this article (medications, pain injections and physical therapy), you haven’t done everything yet.
There are a number of other treatment options available to you that most doctors are not familiar with. In fact, what I’ve found to be best is a combination of treatments.
In the final part of this article, I’ll be telling you about that in more detail. I’m going to show you how you can learn a simple program that I’ve designed that has worked for 90.2% of the people who have used it. And that’s with thousands of patients, not just a few.
You can click here now or click the Next button below to learn about my complete program that will help you experience relief in 2 weeks or less.