Why does back surgery fail and do you need it?

About 500,000 Americans have back surgery each year for pain relief, and according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHTQ), this costs about $11 billion a year. But what if I told you that only 5 percent of people who undergo back surgery actually need it — and worse — for many people the pain ends up coming back.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists estimates that 20 to 40 percent of back surgeries fail. If you’ve had repeated back surgeries, your risk of failure increases. Botched back surgery is so common that it got its own name – ‘Botched Back Surgery Syndrome’ – which occurs when you feel continuous pain in your neck, back or limbs after any surgery on your spine spine intended to reduce pain.

So why do we keep spending so much money on back surgeries when most people don’t actually need it and when half of the surgeries fail?

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