Some 400,000 back operations are
performed in the USA every year although the majority of these operations
are unnecessary and ineffective.
If most of these operations are
ineffective, why are they performed?
They are carried out because a great
deal of money (mainly belonging to medical insurance companies) follows
the patient to the operating theatre. Consultants earn referral and
operating fees from hospitals which in turn provide consultants with free
facilities and consulting rooms from which to practice. It is therefore
not in anyone's interest to turn away patients by suggesting alternative
treatment options, and the medical insurance companies and patients
themselves are not in a postition to know any better or to dispute
recommendations made by a surgeon.
Whether you are a patient or a medical
insurance company, you need to know that there are effective alternatives
to undergoing spinal surgery. You need to stop thinking about surgery and
consider physical therapy. In 30 years of practice, we have only had to
refer two patients for surgery.
For information on non-surgical
treatment of spinal conditions please visit our UK website.
Back surgery has proved to be
ineffective in the vast majority of operations, because the overall
majority of spinal disorders are due to mechanical trauma, which can be
effectively treated without surgery. Common conditions such as herniated
discs, nerve root compression, scoliosis etc can all be cured or at least
made symptomless using our methods of treatment which form an essential
part of Orthopaedic Medicine.
If you can afford to pay for spinal
operation, you can easily afford to come to London for a month's treatment
(that usually all it takes), while staying at a 5-star hotel in the
bargain. You will return to your country a new person with your back and
The average cost of curing a herniated
disc condition at our clinic is £3,000-£4,000, while the cost of
staying for a month in a top hotel (£3,000) and air travel (£800) between
the USA and London still means that the final price compared to surgery is
One difference that you are sure to
notice is that you won't be crippled for life as a result of
unnecessary spinal surgery. And how much is that worth to you in terms of
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