Doctor’s Lounge—November 1, 2017
Doctor’s Lounge featured HSS internist Carol A. Mancuso, MD, FACP in a roundup article about studies presented at the North American Spine Society 32nd Annual Meeting. The article reported that Dr. Mancuso and her colleagues presented a study that found that 86 percent of patients who underwent lumbar spine surgery had greater expectations for their own post-surgical improvement than their surgeons.
"While it is hardly surprising that spine surgeons are better able to accurately predict surgical outcomes, it is the degree to which the predictions diverged that is significant. Evidently, surgeons and patients need to do a better job of working together to candidly communicate realistic expectations throughout the preoperative and postoperative processes," said Dr. Mancuso.
This article originally appeared at doctorslounge.com