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Is Surgery For Spinal Stenosis Better Than Foregoing Surgery?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Mar 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

A new study will give you something to ponder if you are considering surgery for spinal stenosis.  Researchers at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H. have found that by year eight, those patients who had surgery were no better off than the ones who did not.  This applied to pain, functioning, and disability. Given the expense of spinal surgery, and all it's attendant risks, you would hope find that patients who had surgery would be better in at least one category.  The study found tha 18% of the patients opting for surgery ended up needing more surgery.  This does not definitively establish that foregoing surgery is the better idea. But it suggests that time, and not a surgeon, may be the better approach.

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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