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Back Pain and Failed Back Surgery

Back surgery does not correct back pain.

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Written by Chuck Duff
Updated over a week ago

Unfortunately, back surgery commonly fails to fix back pain, and often makes the problem worse - so much so that it is now considered a diagnostic syndrome, FBSS (failed back surgery syndrome). Studies in the medical literature have shown a fail rate of 50%, and with each successive surgery the chances of a successful outcome decrease by half...This is because many spinal surgeons assume back pain is due to disc degeneration in the spine, but there is actually a very low correlation between back pain and disc degeneration.

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