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why you should not get fusion surgery for plain back pain - California_Help - 09-06-2017

https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertlangreth/2011/01/10/why-you-should-never-get-fusion-surgery-for-plain-back-pain/#7bf05b07519d


The article above is good. It mentions back pain and not situation where you have for example loss of bladder control, function, fractured vertebrae, it is about fusions being given for back pain.

I can tell you I have rarely seen patients improved by these procedures, or just temporarily improved and then the discs above and below are affected and additional problems arise. Always get several opinions before considering a spinal fusion. Research your surgeon, devices and products he plans on using and also the approach. There are several different types of fusions and ways to do this surgery. For example, for lumbar fusions anterior (through the stomach) approach is not covered, or only in certain situations by some private insurance companies due to it being considered investigational and dangerous.

The article mentions it has shown not to work any better than physical therapy. Well, for California injured workers this can be a problem. In California, there is a lifetime cap for physical therapy at 24 sessions. This is IF you are lucky to make it through utilization review to actually get the 24 sessions. I have read some claims adjusters comments about this, stating the patient can be given home exercises to do. This may work for some injuries, but there are limits to home exercise for one there is no one to tell the patient new exercises to advance to, or watch and see areas that are an issue etc. I hope this does not sway ANYONE from doing home exercise as it is beneficial. Staying stagnant will make everything worse.


RE: why you should not get fusion surgery for plain back pain - jayne - 09-11-2017

I waited till walking was agony and had a fusion I can walk now but boy howdy pain is still there just not so bad


RE: why you should not get fusion surgery for plain back pain - California_Help - 09-12-2017

(09-11-2017, 01:18 PM)jayne Wrote: I waited till walking was agony and had a fusion I can walk now but boy howdy pain is still there just not so bad

I am glad it helped you!

Recovery can take some time. Hopefully they give you physical therapy, or aqua therapy to help with pain and function. Aqua therapy in a heated pool can be beneficial if you cannot tolerate land therapy.

Best to you.


RE: why you should not get fusion surgery for plain back pain - dusty boy - 09-13-2017

(09-11-2017, 01:18 PM)jayne Wrote: I waited till walking was agony and had a fusion I can walk now but boy howdy pain is still there just not so bad

What really sucks, sometimes our bodies just don't realize they've been fixed.


RE: why you should not get fusion surgery for plain back pain - jayne - 09-30-2017

this body has more scars than a Biker has tattoos. The Dr says I just worked to hard for to long and my body is giving out. But hey I am worried about the next generation of hurt workers all the new laws are really going to hurt them


RE: why you should not get fusion surgery for plain back pain - dusty boy - 10-01-2017

That's why we have to stick around and help......