I see more patients confused about which procedures are their best options. When asking about success ,I always give a percentage that is based on reported results in the published liturature. If doctor are being honest, they should also stress the complications that may occur. In reality, newer less invasive surgeries have really improved the outcome to lessen pain or weakness in conditions associated with disc herniation or spinal stenosis. I also reveal the number of procedures performed each year. Patients should look up their doctors credential using the Internet as well. Be prepared!

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