Video: I Can Only Fix What I Can See

posted in: Stage 5, Stage 5: Step 2

I discuss the cultural belief system about spine surgery and it’s impact on the treatment for chronic pain. It took me years to understand that performing fusions for LBP is based on unsubstantiated belief rather than hard data. I thought that surgery could always alleviate pain and felt I had an obligation to perform an operation if I could find the smallest reason. I eventually realized the only specific identifiable structural problems with matching symptoms are amenable to surgery.