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Published: 11 January 2013

464 Pages | 95 halftones & line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199895519

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Do You Really Need Back Surgery?

A Surgeon's Guide to Neck and Back Pain and How to Choose Your Treatment

Second Edition

Aaron G. Filler, M.D.

  • Sold 10,000 copies
  • Written by a world-famous expert in nerve and spinal surgery
  • The first authoritative and accessible book about back surgery--and how to avoid it--written by a surgeon for patients
  • Comprehensive review of the pros and cons of available options
  • Covers all the questions doctors often don't have time to answer
  • Defines basic terminology and anatomy
  • Discusses the various types of back and neck pain and their causes, noting that most back pain goes away without treatment
  • Author maintains a detailed book site which contains info about the book as well as an array of resources for back pain sufferers
  • Includes almost a hundred illustrations and clearly-labeled diagrams

New to this Edition:

  • 23.5% expansion
  • The book adds two chapters not included in the previous edition which deal with nerve entrapment problems that are often mistaken for spine problems.
  • Updated medications and a new section on herbal remedies, including a table warning patients about side effects of these medications
  • 40 new technologies
  • Discussion of major regulatory issues that have been in the news
  • This edition covers the impact of dozens of new advanced technologies in spinal diagnostics and treatment that have emerged in the eight years since the original very successful edition.
  • This edition covers information on dozens of herbal medicines and explains the how the side effects of some herbal medicine can be very dangerous during surgery.

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