What are some common misconceptions about spine surgery?

Dr. Don Y. Park, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Some common misconceptions about spine surgery include the following:

  • Spine surgery always fails.
  • One spine surgery usually leads to another.
  • People should never have spine fusion surgery.
  • The chances of complications and paralysis are high in spine surgery.

There are misconceptions about spine surgery due to anecdotal accounts and stories from friends and family. They can lead to stereotypes and preconceptions based on prior experience, or people's own experience from surgery. Unindicated surgeries can lead to unintended consequences if, in the attempt to help the person, complications occur.

Anecdotal evidence needs to be separated out from clinical evidence. Clinical trials and clinical studies provide evidence to help people understand what the true results of surgery are, especially with spine surgery.

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