Important questions to ask your doctor before back surgery

Each year, about half a million Americans undergo back surgery for a number of reasons. Surgery is often the treatment of choice for a variety of causes of back pain. It may be used to remove the herniated portion of a disk, remove bone overlying the spinal canal, fuse together two or more bones in the spine to add stability, or implant artificial disks to eliminate pain from degenerated or injured disks.

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