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Fairfax Injury Lawyer Brien Roche Addresses Spinal Fusions

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Spinal Fusions On the Rise

In the year 2011 more than 465,000 people had spinal fusion surgeries in the U.S. Some experts believe that as many as half of them were not needed. On October 28, 2013 an article from The Washington Post focused on a neurosurgeon in Florida. He was performing an excessive number of spinal fusions.

The rate of spinal fusion surgery in the U.S. has risen six-fold in the last 20 years. The procedure is the joining of two or more vertebrae in the spinal column.  It has become more common than hip replacements.

The Washington Post article found that the hospital in Florida that employed the neurosurgeon had financial incentives with their surgeons. The doctors were rewarded for performing more procedures.  The hospital was making nearly $80,000.00 per spinal fusion.   In addition the companies that sell the hardware used in the fusions were making nearly $7,000.00 per fusion.  The doctor was making $6,000.00 per procedure.

Medicare has waffled on the issue of the need for many of these fusions.

The increase in the number is in part due to the improvements in technology. There is more refined imaging. Also there are improved spinal devices. In addition there is greater demand by Americans for greater mobility.

However the money motive cannot be ignored.  The sales of spinal fusion equipment in the U.S. is nearly $5.1 billion per year. Call, or contact us for a free consult.

Alternatives To Spinal Fusion Surgery

Some experts discourage the use of spinal fusions. Problems such as stenosis, herniated discs and disc degeneration alone do not justify the procedure. There should also be problems of spinal instability or deformity.

A simpler procedure to deal with some of these problems is known as decompression.  This procedure carries a $1,000.00 fee for the doctor. The more complex fusion has a fee six times that amount.

Consult a Medical Malpractice Attorney

Call, or contact us for a free consult. In addition for more information on spinal fusion surgery and other medical malpractice topics, please visit the medical malpractice pages on this site. Also see the page on spinal cord injuries. Also see the pages on Wikipedia.In addition see the page on orthopedics

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Spinal Fusion Surgery

Fairfax Injury Lawyer Brien Roche Addresses Spinal Fusions

Brien Roche

Spinal Fusions On the Rise

In the year 2011 more than 465,000 people had spinal fusion surgeries in the U.S. Some experts believe that as many as half of them were not needed. On October 28, 2013 an article from The Washington Post focused on a neurosurgeon in Florida. He was performing an excessive number of spinal fusions.

The rate of spinal fusion surgery in the U.S. has risen six-fold in the last 20 years. The procedure is the joining of two or more vertebrae in the spinal column.  It has become more common than hip replacements.

The Washington Post article found that the hospital in Florida that employed the neurosurgeon had financial incentives with their surgeons. The doctors were rewarded for performing more procedures.  The hospital was making nearly $80,000.00 per spinal fusion.   In addition the companies that sell the hardware used in the fusions were making nearly $7,000.00 per fusion.  The doctor was making $6,000.00 per procedure.

Medicare has waffled on the issue of the need for many of these fusions.

The increase in the number is in part due to the improvements in technology. There is more refined imaging. Also there are improved spinal devices. In addition there is greater demand by Americans for greater mobility.

However the money motive cannot be ignored.  The sales of spinal fusion equipment in the U.S. is nearly $5.1 billion per year. Call, or contact us for a free consult.

Alternatives To Spinal Fusion Surgery

Some experts discourage the use of spinal fusions. Problems such as stenosis, herniated discs and disc degeneration alone do not justify the procedure. There should also be problems of spinal instability or deformity.

A simpler procedure to deal with some of these problems is known as decompression.  This procedure carries a $1,000.00 fee for the doctor. The more complex fusion has a fee six times that amount.

Consult a Medical Malpractice Attorney

Call, or contact us for a free consult. In addition for more information on spinal fusion surgery and other medical malpractice topics, please visit the medical malpractice pages on this site. Also see the page on spinal cord injuries. Also see the pages on Wikipedia.In addition see the page on orthopedics

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