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Surgery for Chronic Pain: Risky and Costly

Medpage Today

  • by Christopher Cheney, HealthLeaders MediaSeptember 23, 2018

There is inadequate evidence to justify surgical procedures to treat chronic pain, recent research shows.

“Given their high cost and safety concerns, more rigorous studies are required before invasive procedures are routinely used for patients with chronic pain,” researchers reported in Pain Medicine.

Chronic pain is a widespread and costly condition in the United States, affecting more than 100 million people and costing as much as $635 billion annually.

The review of 25 clinical trials involved 2,000 patients with conditions including lower back pain, arthritis, angina, abdominal pain, and endometriosis.