Nowadays, we tend to believe that back surgery is the ultimate answer to all of our problems and a “no-brainer” when it comes to relieving back pain. But is it really?
Just to be clear, the purpose of this article is not to bash surgery procedures, but to go through some statistics, evidence and allow you to make a more informed decision on whether or not you need a back surgery.
Let`s Ding Into Some Statistics
According to the data publicly available at Chiro.org (Why Do Spinal Surgery Rates Continue To Rise), it is estimated that in 1995 more than 250.000 lower back surgeries were performed, costing the hospitals $11.000 per patient.
The earlier investigation conducted in 1974 showed that 17.6 % of recommendations for surgery were not medically confirmed. Now, 17.6 % may not seem like such a large figure, but when we apply it to the number of surgeries conducted each year (in 1995 there were 250.000), we come to the figure of 44.000.
So, according to the data and research, each year approximately 44.000 unnecessary lower back surgeries are performed.
Not only that, these surgeries have an astonishingly low success rate of about 75%! So, on every success surgery there are at least 3 that have failed. These numbers are very disturbing and I hope that they will be lowered in the future.
In addition to the huge risk of not needing the surgery in the first place, there are other hazards we need to discus further in this article.
Making Things Worse
There are some recorded cases where the surgery, not only didn`t help the patient with the injury, but even made things worse. So, how is this possible?
Well, when performing the surgery, surgeons must “break through” to the affected area an in this process damage the surrounding tissue. Sometimes, this damage or even deformity caused is so great that, instead of alleviating your pain and healing your injury, it leads to further damage.
The Risk Of Infection
The truth is, every operative procedure brings along the risk of infection. But, when the patient undergoes surgery, the risk is even greater due to the fact that he/she will remain immobilized for some time, and unable to tend to his/her own post operative needs.
With proper care this risk will be reduced to minimum, but if the patient`s immune system is weak (due to the age or any other reason), fighting off minor bacterial invasions can be much more difficult and infections will strike.
If the infection is not caught up and treated in time, it may reach the patient`s blood stream and quickly spread through the entire body. Of course, the body will try to fight off the infection, but the patient may fall into shock, or even die, in the more severe cases.
The Danger Of Blood Clots
Blood clots are especially dangerous since they can be very difficult to detect and, depending on where they end up, cause an incredible amount of damage – even stroke and heart attack.
Since the surgery disrupts the blood flow in our cardiovascular system, it can set a blood clot in motion and cause irreversible damage.
After all said and done, I don`t want you to get a feeling I was against surgeries. Truth be told, I am all for natural treatment, but we must realize that surgeries save lives! My only concern is that you should give it enough thought before rushing into any decisions and conclusions.