- Results from a recent study comparing physician predictions with outcomes for patients undergoing surgery for low back pain and sciatica.According to the study, 56% of patients whose surgeons predicted "a great deal of improvement" reported no significant improvement in their health one year after surgery.
SOURCE: Graz B, Wietlisbach V, et al. Prognosis or "curabo effect?" Physician prediction and patient outcome of surgery for low back pain and sciatica. Spine, June 15, 2005;30(12):1448-52.