Features May 2004 Issue

Getting The Most Out Of Back Surgery

Surgery doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be free of back pain.What can you do to increase the odds of a successful back operation?

Successful back surgery is not automatic. The failure rate is high enough to warrant a special name: failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). FBSS occurs at least 5 percent of the time and perhaps more often, depending on the procedure performed and who’s keeping score. But there are plenty of steps you can take to put yourself in the group of patients most likely to have a successful operation. …

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