I strongly believe spine surgeons should discuss all serious potental complications with surgical patients.I feel that patients should be a little nervous if they are properly prepared for surgery. The results are good but not perfect In most situations. Managing each patients expectations is extemely important. I also find the other extreme, where patients with very correctible problems , are told surgery on their neck or back will not work. In fact, surgery has come along way over past five years with newer technology and more more highly trained spine specialists. Too much narcotics are being prescibed that have no proper role for treatment of stenosis or herniated disc disease.

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