Above is a link to an interesting MSN article about spinal fusion surgery that is front page on MSN.com today 14 Oct 2010. You don't have to follow the link just go to MSN.com. I'm surprised something like this was front page news on MSN. The article explains why spinal fusion for millions is not the answer. I have been told to abstain from fusion surgery by many people. These people include those who have had the surgery as well as physical therapists and people that take care of people after surgery. I've even been told this by some surgeons who perform the surgeries. In my experience it seems most surgeons just want to operate just because they can, not because they really should. Its and interesting read and insight if someone is considering back surgery. They explain that there is no magic bullet for back pain. I for one am tired of people saying "just get surgery" like it's going to fix it all. It's funny because the people saying this are the ones who usually do not have back pain and or who have not gotten surgery. It's not like it's a broken bone or something that can easily be fixed. Its cartilage that is damaged. Cartilage does not heal ever and getting fusion surgery removes another "shock absorber" disc in the spine. This just puts pressure on the other already damaged discs which accelerates the damage to them. Since I already have 5 herniated discs that would be..... not so good.
Anyway, just a heads up for people with back pain considering surgery. I'm not saying it wouldn't be good for anyone as I'm sure it is sometimes. There are going to be success stories even if they are few and far between. Maybe that success story could be you. By all means get the surgery if you absolutely have to. Just be mindful. I say consult your doctor but be skeptical of his decision. At the very least get a second opinion. I think the point of the article was to explain it's just not as good for "everyone" as "everyone" seems to think it is. To also point out what I am learning in my experiences that doctors who can operate usually will and contrary to the regular held belief it may end up being unnecessary and do more harm than good.