Most Don't Know of Latest Advances for Pain Reduction or Less Invasive Options

Mon, 04/25/2005

BOCA RATON, Fla., April 25, the most visited web portal for laypersons and professionals regarding spine care issues, has released results from its web-based public forum that indicate that, most recently, 80% percent of respondents reported they had not heard about recent advances in biotechnology that resulted in improved success rates for spinal fusion.

Prior to that, 71% of respondents said they were a candidate for spinal fusion and were delaying surgery to wait for an artificial disc. Many of these candidates, made aware of their options through, may now be aware of newer options using less invasive procedures for pain relief.

"The recent approval of artificial disc technology for employment in the United States is a landmark in modern medicine. However, be careful! ... Its use may benefit a small subset of society," said Cleveland Clinic's Director of Spinal Disorders, Edward Benzel, M.D. Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon Isador Lieberman, M.D., agrees. "Disc arthroplasty represents a whole new spectrum of treatment for patients suffering from degenerative discs," said Dr. Lieberman. "However, the risks include misplacement, dislodgement, injury to surrounding organs and vessels during implantation, and all the usual risks of spinal surgery. Patients need to remember that back pain is not life-threatening, but spinal surgery may pose more serious risks."

Satisfied that the results are a true reflection of the general public's knowledge, the Poll, made up of a question each month posted to its web site and answered on a voluntary basis, helps educate and support people suffering from back pain or seeking information.

For additional information, the web site address is , and public inquiries may be sent by e-mail to: . To request an interview with any surgeon on the panel and for the statistical break-down of poll results, please contact Jeremy Longhurst at's corporate offices -- (630) 597-0020.

About is an Internet-based network dedicated to dissemination of back pain information and the encouragement of back pain commerce. A single point of entry connects consumers, providers and suppliers to a comprehensive, dedicated portal. Over 10 million people visit the site each year. For information on its advisory board of physicians, visit site page