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When Back Surgery Actually Leads to Permanent Disability Instead of Preventing It


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3/4/2011
Advocate for the Disabled
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If you are suffering from a severe medical condition that has caused you to become disabled and unable to work you may qualify to receive long-term disability benefits.

Chronic lower back pain can be a debilitating condition that may lead to the need for surgery. Unfortunately, according to a report from the Doctor's Lounge, a new study finds that spinal fusion surgery to treat chronic lower back pain may actually lead to permanent disability.

It was discovered that of those who had the surgery, only 25% of patients were able to return to work after 2 years, in comparison to two-thirds of the patients who were able to return to work after treatment consisting only of physical therapy and exercise.

It was also found that 11% of the patients who had the surgery became permanently disabled compared to 2% of those who had no surgery.

Other findings relating to chronic back and surgery include:

 

  • 85% of surgery patients continued to rely on painkillers versus 49% of non-surgical patients;
  • 36% of surgery patients suffered complications including kidney failure, meningitis and death;
  • 27% of the surgery patients had to undergo a second operation; and
  • patients who had surgery missed an average of 1,140 days of work compared to those who didn't and missed 316 days of work.
 

If you are suffering from chronic lower back pain or any other type of severe condition that prevents you from working, you should immediately consult with a long-term disability attorney who can help determine if you qualify for long-term disability benefits.

Long-term disability benefits may be available to those who have purchased a disability plan from a private insurer or have coverage through an employer. Unfortunately, the insurers don't make it easy for the disabled to get access to the benefits they deserve. When a severe medical condition makes it impossible for you to work and you've been denied your long-term disability benefits, an attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg, P.A. can help you to cut through the red tape and fight for your benefits, no matter where you live in the U.S! Contact a South Florida disability attorney today - 1-888-234-5758.



Category: Long-Term Disability


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