“Unnecessary” spinal surgery: A prospective 1-year study of one surgeon's experience

@inproceedings{Epstein2011UnnecessarySS,
  title={“Unnecessary” spinal surgery: A prospective 1-year study of one surgeon's experience},
  author={Nancy Ellen Epstein and Donald W. C. Hood and Edward C. Albuquerque Benzel and Harold D. Portnoy and Ara J. Deukmedjian and Ron Pawl and Gilbert Dechambenoit and Vincent Charles Traynelis and Hiroshi Nakagawa},
  booktitle={Surgical neurology international},
  year={2011}
}
BACKGROUND There are marked disparities in the frequency of spinal surgery performed within the United States over time, as well as across different geographic areas. One possible source of these disparities is the criteria for surgery. METHODS During a one-year period [November 2009-October 2010], the senior author, a neurosurgeon, saw 274 patients for cervical and lumbar spinal, office consultations. A patient was assigned to the "unnecessary surgery" group if they were told they needed… CONTINUE READING
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