A word from the experts.
In 2010, researchers out of the University of Cincinnati school of medicine reviewed the records from 1,450 patients in the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation database who had been diagnosed with disc degeneration or disc herniation or radiculopathy, which is a nerve condition that causes pain or tingling or weakness in the legs.
Half of the patients had surgery that fused together two or more lower back bones in the hopes of curing low back pain.
The other half with the exact same problem had no surgery.
Two years later:
- 26% of the people who had surgery were able to go back to work compared to 67% percent of patients who did not have surgery.
- 27% percent had to have a second surgery within 2 years.
- 11% had Permanent disability compared to 2% of the people who did not have surgery.
- 41% increase in the use of painkillers in surgical patients
- 76% continuing the use of opioids use after surgery.
- 17 surgical patients died by the end of the study.
The study's lead author stated:
"Lumbar fusion for the diagnoses of disc degeneration, disc herniation, and/or radiculopathy in a Workers' Compensation setting is associated with significant increase in disability, opiate use, prolonged work loss, and poor return to work status."
We’re shouting this from the rooftops folks, please consider less invasive protocols first before you permanently change the body that God gave you.