Spinal Fusion

I would be very, very hesitant, and most surgeons would be very, very hesitant to tell patients that after fusion they would be pain-free - Tony Delitto

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Needless treatments: spinal fusion surgery for lower back pain is costly and there’s little evidence it’ll work

Back pain affects one in four Australians. It’s so common, nearly all of us (about 85%) will have at least one episode at some stage of our lives. It’s one of the most common reasons to visit a GP and the main health condition forcing older Australians to retire prematurely from the workforce.

Treatment costs for back pain in Australia total almost A$5 billion every year. A great proportion of this is spent on spinal surgical procedures. Recently, Choosing Wisely, the campaign to educate medical professionals and the public about tests, treatments and procedures that have little benefit, or lead to harm, added spinal fusion for lower back pain to its list.

This is because,…

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