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I ask this w/all seriousness! why do surgeons say that a disc isn't bad enough for surgery? Why not fix it before the pain is life consuming ?

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Dr. Scott Kreiner
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Back Pain = No Surg

There are many studies that show that surgery (fusion) is not effective for back pain.
Microdiscectomy for a disc herniation causing weakness in a leg is sometimes indicated, but if pain is the only problem, there are frequently other treatments which work better than surgery. Failing these treatment may leave surgery as the only option but until then, it is really best interest not to operate.

In brief: Back Pain = No Surg

There are many studies that show that surgery (fusion) is not effective for back pain.
Microdiscectomy for a disc herniation causing weakness in a leg is sometimes indicated, but if pain is the only problem, there are frequently other treatments which work better than surgery. Failing these treatment may leave surgery as the only option but until then, it is really best interest not to operate.
Dr. Scott Kreiner
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Dr. Louise Andrew
Don't think back surgery is a do all and end all. Lots of effective treatments for back pain that do not risk your having even more pain or neurologic deficits. Sometimes it IS the only thing that might work, but your surgeon is being wise in telling you that in your case it probably wouldn't help. You might find a physical medicine specialist or an osteopath; ask re physical or prolotherapy.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Mismatch

Surgeon try tomatch findings with symptoms your pain may be too big to be explained by what they see mismatches make us nervous just want good outcomes and to avoid failed back surgery may need a few visits or procedures to get to know you , stretching indications because your desperate gets unpredictable outcomes its the art of medicine surgery its part of do no harm back surgery hurts.

In brief: Mismatch

Surgeon try tomatch findings with symptoms your pain may be too big to be explained by what they see mismatches make us nervous just want good outcomes and to avoid failed back surgery may need a few visits or procedures to get to know you , stretching indications because your desperate gets unpredictable outcomes its the art of medicine surgery its part of do no harm back surgery hurts.
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