A recent study is suggesting that the answer to that question is “no.” The researchers are reporting that people with ruptured disks in their lower backs usually recover whether or not they have surgery. Patients who had surgery often reported immediate relief, but by 3-6 months, patients in both groups reported marked improvement. An estimated 300,000 Americans have surgery each year to relieve the symptoms, being told that if they delay, they may risk permanent nerve damage or even lose bowel or bnladder control. With the risk of surgical error in disk injury operations, this study is welcome news as patients can avoid unnecessary surgery.
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