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DO I NEED SURGERY?  |  www.doineedspinesurgery.com

Over 20 years of practice as a Spine Surgeon and more than 4,000 operations have given me insight into the type of patient who needs surgery and will have a successful outcome in the hands of a skillful surgeon. But even more importantly I have also seen many thousands of patients who DID NOT need surgery! If that could be important to you...

We have developed a special computer program that will enable me to share my experience with you. Virtual Spine Appointment is our expert system that will help determine whether or not you may need spine surgery. It functions much the same way as a visit to my office would. The questions are the same ones I would ask you if you were sitting on the table in front of me.

There is no precise method for predicting the results of spinal surgery. There are many variables to consider which the doctor cannot control. Different surgeons possess different skills, which may affect the outcome. Some operations are more successful than others. Virtual Spine Appointment will help you decide if you need a surgery. Some operations are riskier than others and may lead to damage of the spine or spinal nerves. Some problems are not correctable with any type of surgery. No matter how skillful the surgeon he cannot make a new nerve or a new intervertebral disk, making a perfect result unlikely. Some spines are too badly damaged to repair surgically. Some surgical procedures are overly aggressive and lead to a poorly functioning spine, and some are not aggressive enough to both decompress the injured nerve and strengthen the spine. Some spinal operations get infected, and some simply do not heal. Some spinal operations are not performed at the symptomatic level, and some spines continue to degenerate due to aging and progressively worsen over time.

Many operations are successful. There are three ingredients to a successful operation. The right patient, the right level and the right operation are three necessary ingredients to a successful outcome. The right patient fits a certain profile that can mean the difference between success and failure. Virtual Spine Appointment can help determine your profile.

To repeat, over 20 years of practice and more than 4,000 operations have given me insight into the type of patient who needs surgery and will have a successful outcome in the hands of a skillful surgeon. But even more importantly I have also seen many thousands of patients who DID NOT need surgery! We have developed a special computer program that will enable me to share this experience with you. If you think you may need surgery, or have been told you need surgery and would like another opinion simply answer the following questions. They are the questions I ask every patient and help me determine if a patient should have surgery, and the chances for a favorable outcome.

SMART NOW  |   www.smartnow.com

Stress levels elevate during the holidays and so does the number of people who experience back pain. Back pain is the second most common medical complaint, reports The New England Medical Journal, and more than 80 million Americans suffer from it. So, it's a good idea to learn how to keep stress in check so you can enjoy the holiday season.