By ALAN BROOKS, Associated Press: The United States is the only industrialized country where more people have had their spine checked in the last 20 years than in the entire past century, according to a new report.
While that’s good news for patients and doctors, it has also been associated with a higher rate of complications, such as infection, and lower outcomes, such in the number of surgeries that patients have had, the authors said.
The study, which was published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, looked at more than 2.5 million patients undergoing spine surgery between 1995 and 2017.
It found that the percentage of patients who had a spine surgery rose from 13 percent to 17 percent between 1995 to 2016.
The researchers also found that in the past decade, the number a patient had had spine surgery in the United States rose from 11.7 million to 15.7 millions, a 7.6 percent increase.
“The number of spine surgeries is growing rapidly,” said Dr. Steven Hirsch, a co-author of the study and a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.
“We have to pay more attention to it.”
More than 10 million patients are expected to have spine surgery by 2021, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Hirsch said the increase is partly a result of the increase in people needing spine surgery and partly because more people are getting it.
It also reflects an increase in the population of patients requiring spine surgery.
“There are more people needing it, and there are more operations that are performed,” Hirsch told ABC News.
Hensch said the numbers suggest that a significant proportion of the population is getting the surgery, and that it is a trend that has been going on for decades.
He also said that patients are not getting the surgeries because they have been told they cannot have them.
“That’s not right,” he said.
“People who are told that they can’t have surgery should not have surgery.”
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