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Should I seek a second opinion before going for spine surgery?

Dr. David A. Hanscom, MD
Spine Surgeon

Right now there is an "epidemic" of spine surgery. I feel that well over half of spine surgeries should never be done. The fallout of a failed back surgery is often catastrophic. A significant part of my practice is involved with helping people out of the hole after failed back surgeries. The common theme is the first operation never should have been done.

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