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Why Do Spinal Surgery Rates Continue To Rise?

By |April 10, 2010|Iatrogenic Injury, Low Back Pain, News, Unnecessary Surgery|

Why Do Spinal Surgery Rates Continue To Rise?

The Chiro.Org Blog

A Chiro.Org Editorial

First, let’s review some history. In 1974, the Congressional Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce held hearings on unnecessary surgery. Their findings from the First Surgical Second Opinion Program found that 17.6% of recommendations for surgery were not confirmed. The House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations extrapolated these figures to estimate that, on a nationwide basis, there were 2.4 million unnecessary surgeries performed every year, resulting in 11,900 deaths, at an annual cost of $3.9 billion. [1]

With the total number of lower back surgeries having been estimated in 1995 to exceed 250,000 in the U.S., at a hospital cost of $11,000 per patient. [2] This could suggest that the total number of unnecessary back surgeries each year in the U.S. could be 44,000, costing as much as $484 million. [3]

So, the first risk of spinal surgery is that it may not be necessary.

A most-recent review suggests that:

Back Surgery Fails 74% of the Time


Have You Used the WayBack Machine?

By |April 10, 2010|WayBack|

Some of us are old enough to remember Mister Peabody and his boy Sherman from the ever-so humorous Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.

Mr. Peabody had a gadget called the WayBack Machine, which he used to travel back in time, so he and Sherman could observe famous historical events.

Well, in the mid 90s, some enterprising individual created the WayBack Machine website. This gadget copied whole websites periodically, and by using it you can look at what a site contained “back in the day”. (more…)