Letters Surgery and spondylosis

Inappropriate partners

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4439 (Published 24 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4439
  1. Mark J Turtle, consultant anaesthetist and pain management specialist1
  1. 1West Wales General Hospital, Carmarthen SA31 2AF
  1. mark.turtle{at}talk21.com

    The pursuit of a surgical solution to a problem such as spondylosis whose pathology is poorly understood is frustratingly disappointing. “First do no harm” should drive decision making in clinical practice, yet clinicians still seem besotted with the idea that surgery is the answer to back pain.

    Fouyas and colleagues admit the …

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