Do You Really Need Back Surgery?: A Surgeon's Guide to Neck and Back Pain and How to Choose Your Treatment

Do You Really Need Back Surgery?: A Surgeon's Guide to Neck and Back Pain and How to Choose Your Treatment

by Aaron 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

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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 between acute, 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 procedures such 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 array of 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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
For patients suffering from neck and back pain, neurological surgeon Filler provides valuable, detailed information about causes as well as the diagnostic and therapeutic tools available for treatment. In Part 1, he covers the anatomy of the spine, tips for keeping the back healthy, and types of pain. In Part 2, he discusses the different kinds of surgical therapies. Unfortunately, there were some problems in the proofs, e.g., many of the 85 halftone illustrations particularly the x-rays are too small and dark to be helpful. Still, this text is unique for its balanced view of both the causes of and treatment options for back and neck pain. Filler places equal emphasis on surgery and other therapies like physical therapy, back school, acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic, and Rolfing. Recommended for consumer health collections. Marge Kars, Bronson Methodist Hosp., Kalamazoo, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"This is the first book that bridges the gap between a surgical textbook and an elementary lay book. Dr. Filler clearly describes the nature of back pain and treatment in a fashion that is sufficiently detailed yet reasonable concise to address these important issues. He takes out the mystery and writes in an engaging readable style."—Joshua P. Prager, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199987160
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/21/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
575,856
File size:
22 MB
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Meet the Author

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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