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Back and Neck Procedures

When we look at all spine surgery not required by cancer or infection we can see that the community where you live is a factor in whether or not you might have surgery (Chart 3).

If everywhere in Maine were the same the bars would all be short. We expect that things will be somewhat different in one town when compared to the rest of the state. Bars to the left indicate less often than expected, bars to the right indicate more often than expected.

These spine operations are done for leg or arm pain and occasionally neck and back pain. Surgery done for pain in an arm or leg caused by a pinch nerve in the neck or back works better than surgery for neck or back pain.

We do not know how often these operations should be done. We do know that where you live appears to be one of the factors that determines whether surgery is performed. The Maine Quality Forum suggests second opinion before surgery when the problem is not an emergency.


I. Variation Charts
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chart 5 intro > chart 5 | chart 6 intro > chart 6 | chart 7 intro > chart 7 | chart 8 intro > chart 8
chart 9 intro > chart 9 | chart 10 intro > chart 10 | chart 11 intro > chart 11
II. Quality Analysis Charts
chart 12 intro > chart 12 | chart 13 | chart 14 | chart 15 | chart 16 | chart 17 | chart 18 | chart 19 | chart 20 | chart 21
chart 22 | chart 23 | chart 24 | chart 25 | chart 26 | chart 27 | chart 28
III. Disease Burden Charts
chart 29 | chart 30 | chart 31 | chart 32
IV. Demo Chart Quality
chart 33
V. Demo Chart Variation
chart 34
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