Do You Really Need Back Surgery?: A Surgeons Guide to Neck and Back Pain and How to Choose Your…

Paperback | December 19, 2012

byAaron G. Filler

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For the half million people who undergo back surgery each year, and the additional million who are seriously contemplating it, Do You Really Need Back Surgery? is a godsend--an informed, reliable guide to when you should consider surgery and when you should not. Written by an internationally recognized expert in nerve and spinal surgery, this highly readable guide covers everything back patients need to know to make informed decisions about their treatment. Featuring 115 illustrations, the book discusses the details of spinal anatomy; the difference betweenacute, chronic, and recurring pain; shows how to keep the spine healthy; and explains such terms as spurs, stenosis, and slippage. It reveals what clues your physician uses to predict whether a given type of pain is likely to go away with rest and exercise, or may become an emergency. Dr. Filler discusses the risks of surgery, the decisions you may be faced with and what options you have, and your expectations for recovery. He provides detailed explanations of the wide array of spinal injections and surgeries, including discectomies and fusions, as well as innovative proceduressuch as electrothermic and laser techniques and artificial disks. He explains the various medical imaging and diagnostic tests available and even covers the complexities of health insurance. The new and extensively revised Second Edition now covers dozens of advanced techniques in spinal diagnostics and treatment as well as advances in new pain medications and new surgeries that minimize recovery time and achieve better outcomes. A new section on the benefits and risks of a wide arrayof herbal medicines has been added. Finally, the book features two entirely new chapters that describe a series of different nerve entrapment syndromes that can cause headache, neck, shoulder, and arm pain as well as causing buttock and leg pain - but are not caused by spine problems.

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For the half million people who undergo back surgery each year, and the additional million who are seriously contemplating it, Do You Really Need Back Surgery? is a godsend--an informed, reliable guide to when you should consider surgery and when you should not. Written by an internationally recognized expert in nerve and spinal surger...

Aaron G. Filler, MD, PhD is one of the world's leading authorities on nerve and spinal surgery. He is Medical Director of both the Institute for Nerve Medicine and the Center for Advanced Spinal Neurosurgery, and is an Associate of the Institute for Spinal Disorders, at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles, California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 19, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Spine and Nerve Health1. Acute, Chronic and Recurring: A Quick Tour of Neck and Back Pain2. The Nature of Pain and How It Is Treated3. Keeping the Spine Healthy: Ergonomics for Life4. Renewal Without Surgery: Schools of Therapy5. Anatomy 101: From Bones, Disks and Joints to Mind, Muscles and Nerves6. Disks, Spurs, Stenosis, Slippage and Osteoporosis7. Spinal Symptoms: Where Does That Pain Come From?8. Accidents of the Embryo: Spina Bifida and Variations at Birth9. Patterns of Nerve Pinches: From Shoulder to Toe (NEW)10. Medical Imaging and Diagnostic Tests: X-rays, Electrons, and Magnetic Spin11. Regeneration and Repair in the Nerves and Spinal CordPart II: Spine and Nerve Surgery12. Without an Incision: Percutaneous Procedures for Diagnosis and Treatment13. Surgery-Before, During and After: Common Elements You Should Know About14. Surgery to Take the Pressure Off the Neural Tissues of the Spine15. Surgery Inside the Spinal Dural Lining16. Spine Carpentry: History and Principles of Rebuilding the Broken Spine17. Fixing the Cervical Spine: Surgical Approaches to the Neck18. Thoracic Spine Operations: Surgical Approaches to Mid- and Upper-Back Problems19. Lumbar Implants and Fusion: Major Surgeries for the Low Back20. Surgery to Release Nerve Entrapments in the Shoulder, Arm, Pelvis and Legs (NEW)21. Genes, Designer Proteins, and Biomaterials: The Role of Biotechnology in Spine and Nerve Surgery22. Risks, Outcomes and Choices23. Recovery After Surgery24. Health Insurance and the Cost of SurgeryEpilogue: Knowledge and Resilience

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"This excellent book should have wide appeal to a range of medical professionals and to patients...The book succeeds in its aim 'to fill a major void by providing a comprehensive and authoritative reference source to patients facing spinal surgery.' It can be recommended with confidence..." --South African Medical Journal