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Be Careful About Back Surgery (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Sarah Key MVO
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With back problems on the rise, particularly lower back pain, there’s a growing belief that back surgery is the ultimate quick fix. Back pain is a crippling and creeping pandemic in all populations. Worldwide, people with bulging discs, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease are hearing they are crazy to put up with pain and that spinal surgery is the answer. More alarming is the subliminal message that spine surgery is the back pain treatment of first resort; that disc replacement or laser spine surgery is easy to do and will change life for the better overnight. This is rarely the case.

This small e-book written by Sarah Key, the renowned author of the best-selling ‘Back Sufferers’ Bible’ explains how the human spine is a highly sophisticated mechanical structure and why spine surgery is not the silver bullet. The author looks at back surgery from the perspective of a back-treating therapist of many years standing, who sees the pitfalls and inherits the unsuccessful outcomes – the tragic cases of ‘failed back surgery syndrome’.

Sarah Key makes it clear that she is not a surgeon with an intimate working knowledge of the different surgical procedures, but from her position as a highly regarded practitioner with a worldwide reputation (she was made a Member of the Victorian Order by The Queen in 2003 and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Salford in 2014 for her work) she has important commentary to make in the world of backs.

For the benefit of patients lost in a wilderness and not knowing which way to turn she has spelled out the clearly defined indications for back surgery, as she sees them. She also lists the possible adverse outcomes she observes from the different surgical procedures and the broad principles of post-operative management for each. It is a must-read for anybody considering back surgery.

By providing the typical signs and symptoms of cases that probably do need to go to surgery, Sarah Key gives you a fuller picture and arms you with knowledge, so you will know whether you are beyond help through conservative therapies. Provided with vital background information, you will be able to discuss the issues with your spine surgeon and at the very least, make an informed decision - and very importantly - without a heavy heart, if you do decide to go that way.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tres apposite 28 juillet 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Les gens ont tendance d'imaginer que la chirurgie du dos est sans risque et comme une visite à une dentiste. Les taux de réussite est quand même assez bas et cette livre fera réfléchir les gens
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read For Everyone Treated For Spine Disease 7 juillet 2014
Par Kurt W.G. Matthies - Publié sur
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As a 35-year veteran of spine disease and back pain syndromes, I understand the challenges forced upon those of us who seek relief from the chronic pain of spine disease.

Medical education fails in informing physicians about the disease state known as chronic pain, and in the options for treating spine disease. As a result of this gap in medical education many people with chronic spine disease suffer needlessly from both under treatment of pain and inappropriate surgical treatment for pain.

What typically happens when a person presents with unmanageable neck or back pain, is that their physician will begin treatment with arthritis drugs -- NSAIDs -- and refer to physical therapy. Although diagnostic films are ordered, sometimes they provide no clues that lead to a diagnosis and back pain is classified as idiopathic, meaning the origin of pain is unknown. For example, my neck pain went undiagnosed for years until MRI technology provided the resolution needed for a proper diagnosis.

The primary physician may choose to treat back pain with a muscle relaxant medication and a mild opioid pain reliever, like codeine, but there usually comes a time in when these simple treatments are unsuccessful. That's when the primary physician calls for help.

Unfortunately, most calls for help involve a referral to an orthopedic or neurosurgeon, and after a brief consult, the patient is faced with a very difficult decision -- to live with the pain or succumb to the knife.

Sometimes the outcome of back surgery is miraculous -- people wake up in the PACU recovery unit feeling immediate pain relief. I'm sure you've heard these stories. And there are times when back surgery is immediately required to prevent paralysis.

But all too often, back surgery is inappropriate. It exacerbates pain, and in the case of spinal fusion where discs are removed, starts a domino effect of one surgery after another.

This enlightening little book from Sarah Key explains and elaborates on this dilemma faced by all of us who live with back pain. When deciding for or against critical surgery, knowledge is power, and every back patient should read Sarah's book before committing to the knife.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This eBook is another brilliant piece of writing by Sarah Key 20 août 2014
Par Sue Reynolds - Publié sur
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This eBook is another brilliant piece of writing by Sarah Key. Sadly I had several spinal surgeries before knowing and receiving treatment from Sarah Key. Sarah's treatment together with the aid of exercise and use of the Back Block literally gave me the confidence to carry on with my life. I cannot recommend this eBook and Sarah's other Back books enough? Please read it and think twice about having Back Surgery.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must-read resource for anyone considering back surgery 6 juillet 2014
Par Matthew - Publié sur
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An older relative of mine is considering spinal surgery, but it all feels a bit rushed and the surgeon (while undoubtedly a technical genius) hasn't done a great job of explaining what's wrong, what's planned and the risks of failure. Within a minute of downloading Be Careful I had a much better understanding because Sarah writes in a very easy-to-follow style - without sacrificing detail. I knew reading this would be a good investment in time when I saw the link to a Cochrane review on back surgery. Why had no-one pointed this out before? If you are a patient or caring for one, I would definitely read this before making your big decision.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Over use of the "mechanic" is unnecessary and expensive 6 septembre 2014
Par Adrian Gibbons - Publié sur
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While I agree that intervention (surgery) should be kept as a last resort, and that prolonged use of pain killers such as Lyrica (for nerve based pain) and Oxycodone(opiates) for generalised chronic pain should be minimised, there is a stage that external manipulation is only a short term only solution.

If a car breaks a conrod bearing, the whole car will fail to do its intended purpose if not fixed. Putting special lubricants or driving slowly will not fix the car. A mechanic (or in this case a specialist in spinal surgery) will be needed to repair the "bearing" and any other damage caused.

Over use of the "mechanic" is unnecessary and expensive. Each solution has it place in the wellbeing and correct function of a person. But there is no reason to put up with a poor standard of life due to a malfunction of your spine. Both soft (physiotherapy and manipulation) and hard (surgery) has a place that should be complimentary.

I have had 3 surgical procedures on the same (L4/L5) level with increasing amounts of intrusion. In between there has been pain medication and manipulation to keep mobilised. This however did not stop the natural deterioration of my spine and it is a battle to maintain the equilibrium.

Sarah Keys has written excellent advise that I would endorse to anyone with back trouble. She is completely knowledgeable in the subject matter and covers everything except surgery. This is another field of expertise when all else is lost.

Good luck and my sympathies are with you all.

Adrian Gibbons (a 30 year sufferer, aged 58)
5.0 étoiles sur 5 ... and negatives of spinal surgery but there are few better qualified to do so 21 juillet 2014
Par Ian T Reid - Publié sur
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'Sarah Key may claim to have no authority to speak about the positives and negatives of spinal surgery but there are few better qualified to do so. Sarah's understanding of the living human spine is extensive and fashioned by a long history of providing effective back care. With due respect, surgeons are carpenters and as good at their craft as they are. That craft is about fixing things that are broken or seemingly so. Sarah's art and science is about snatching back's from the brink of breakage, making them work and that's what she does and does well. I look forward to reading beyond the introduction of this work for my own illumination.’
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