Do You Really Need Back Surgery?

Do You Really Need Back Surgery? : A Surgeon's Guide to Neck and Back Pain and How to Choose Your Treatment

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Most people have back surgery to relieve pain, but all too often it doesn't help. For the half million people who undergo back surgery each year, and the additional million who are seriously contemplating it, Do You Really Need Back Surgery? is a godsend-an informed, reliable guide to when you should consider surgery and when you should not. Written by an internationally recognised expert in nerve and spinal surgery, this highly readable guide covers everything back patients need to know to make informed decisions about their treatment. The book discusses the details of spinal anatomy; explains the difference between acute, chronic, and recurring pain; shows how to keep the spine healthy; and defines such terms as spurs, stenosis, and slippage. It also reveals what clues your physician uses to predict whether a given type of pain is likely to go away with rest and exercise, and which types may become emergencies. Dr. Filler discusses the risks of surgery, the decisions you may be faced with and what options you have, and your expectations for recovery. He provides detailed explanations of the wide array of spinal injections and surgeries, including discectomies and fusions, as well as innovative procedures such as electrothermic and laser techniques and artificial disks. He explains the various medical imaging and diagnostic tests available and even covers the complexities of health insurance. From Pilates to pedicle screws, and from osteoporosis to spina bifida, Do You Really Need Back Surgery? covers all the questions your doctor usually doesn't have the time to answer. Featuring more than 80 illustrations, it is an essential manual for every neck or back pain more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 17.8mm | 453.6g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 95 halftones & line illustrations
  • 019532708X
  • 9780195327083
  • 835,126

About Aaron G. Filler

Aaron G. Filler, MD, Ph.D. is one of the world's leading authorities on nerve and spinal surgery. He is Medical Director of both the Institute for Nerve Medicine and the Center for Advanced Spinal Neurosurgery, and is an Associate of the Institute for Spinal Disorders, at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles, more

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"This is the first book that bridges the gap between a surgical textbook and an elementary lay book. Dr. Filler clearly describes the nature of back pain and treatment in a fashion that is sufficiently detailed yet reasonable concise to address these important issues. He takes out the mystery and writes in an engaging readable style."--Joshua P. Prager, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLAshow more

Table of contents

Foreword ; Preface ; Disclaimer ; How to Use This Book: Two Dozen Visits to Your Doctor ; PART I: SPINE HEALTH ; 1. Acute, Chronic, and Recurring: A Quick Tour of Neck and Back Pain ; 2. The Nature of Pain and How it is Treated ; 3. Keeping the Spine Healthy: Ergonomics for Life ; 4. Renewal Without Surgery: Schools of Therapy ; 5. Anatomy 101: From Bones, Disks, and Joints to Mind, Muscles, and Nerves ; 6. Disks, Spurs, Stenosis, Slippage, and Osteoporosis ; 7. Spinal Symptoms: Where Does that Pain Come From? ; 8. Accidents of the Embryo: Spina Bifida and Variations at Birth ; 9. Medical Imaging and Diagnostic Tests: X-Rays, Electrons, and Magnetic Spin ; 10. Recovery and Repair in the Nerves and Spinal Cord ; PART II: SPINE SURGERY ; 11. Without an Incision: Percutaneous Procedures for Diagnosis and Treatment ; 12. Surgery- Before, During, and After: Common Elements You Should Know About ; 13. Surgery to take the Pressure off the Nerves ; 14. Surgery Inside the Spinal Dural Lining ; 15. Spine Carpentry: History and Principles of Rebuilding the Broken Spine ; 16. Fixing the Cervical Spine: Surgical Approaches for the Neck ; 17. Thoracic Spine Operations: Surgical Approaches to Mid- and Upper-Back Problems ; 18. Lumbar Implants and Fusion: Major Surgeries for the Low Back ; 19. Genes, Designer Proteins, and Biomaterials: The Role of Biotechnology in Spinal Surgery ; 20. Risks, Outcomes, and Choices ; 21. Recovery after Surgery ; 22. Health Insurance and the Cost of Surgery ; Epilogue: Knowledge and Resilience ; Glossary ; Indexshow more

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