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Is there research that supports spine surgery over conservative care?

Dr. Andrew C. Hecht, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

When back pain is interfering with quality of life, surgery may be an option. In this video, Andy Hecht, MD, co-director of Spine Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, discusses when conservative care or spinal surgery is most appropriate.

Yes, particularly in cases where patients have progressive and disabling scoliosis or severe spinal deformity, spine surgery to correct the deformity has been shown to be the best solution rather than conservative therapy.  Many patients suffer from progressive nerve damage and for those who do, surgery is exponentially more valuable than conservative therapy to stop nerve damage and potentially reverse the process.

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