Concerns About The Increase In Spinal Fusion Surgery

Concerns About The Increase In Spinal Fusion Surgery

The rate of spinal fusion surgery has risen six-fold in the United States over the past 20 years. Some medical experts question whether the surgery is always necessary and if financial rewards to doctors are spurring the rate increase.

More than ever before, Americans want to be as active as possible as they get older. No longer willing to be hampered by aches and pains, Americans are demanding more mobility as they age and appear more willing to consider surgery. But some medical experts are concerned about the dramatic increase in spinal fusion surgery for back pain. Over the last 20 years, the procedure has risen six-fold in this country, becoming more common than hip replacements. Join guest host Susan Page for a panel discussion about worries that financial incentives for doctors may be influencing medical decisions.

Guests

Richard Deyo

professor, physician and researcher, Oregon Health and Science University. Author of the book: Hope or Hype: the Obsession with Medical Advances and the High Cost of False Promises"

Dan Keating

reporter, The Washington Post.

Brian Subach

spine surgeon and president, Virginia Spine Institute.

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