Article on State Back Surgery Rates Highlights Alternative Treatment Options, Notes Dr. Seyed M. Rezaian

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Commenting on the recent article, Dr. Rezaian says that it is a testament to the quality of care in California that fewer back pain patients rely on surgery, but when surgery is needed, the Universal Endoscopic Discectomy is often the best choice.

Pressure from a herniated disc can be remedied by a UED procedure.

Exercise is extremely important in alleviating back pain, and can sometimes be exactly what a patient needs to get back on track to a pain-free lifestyle.

According to an article published on Becker’s Spine Review on June 26th, a study recently conducted by Workers Compensation Research Institute outlined information on how workers from different states dealt with back pain. According to the article, “Nearly 20 percent of injured workers with back pain had surgery in Oklahoma and Tennessee. But less than 10 percent of workers in California and Florida with the same diagnoses had surgery.” In all, 13 states were examined in the study, and the likelihood that someone experiencing back pain would elect surgery was lowest in California. According to Seyed M. Rezaian, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.S., F.I.C.S. of the California Orthopedic Medical Clinic, part of this is because of alternative treatment methods that help patients stay up on their feet without the need for invasive surgeries.

Dr. Rezaian stresses that exercise is extremely important in alleviating back pain, and can sometimes be exactly what a patient needs to get back on track to a pain-free lifestyle. Yet, Dr. Rezaian adds, there are certainly some cases where surgery is needed, and for those patients he recommends the Universal Endoscopic Laser Discectomy (UED) procedure. Dr. Rezaian explains that the UED procedure is much less invasive than other types of back surgery. In fact, he says, the UED is performed as an outpatient procedure, under local anesthesia.

By making an incision only 1/10th of an inch in size, Dr. Rezaian can insert a tiny endoscopic camera, observe the damaged area of a herniated disk, and correct and take pressure off of the damaged area of the disk. While some surgeries remove and replace an entire damaged disc, the UED removes only the damaged portion of the disc. Dr. Rezaian explains that this makes the procedure much lower impact compared to traditional back surgery. Dr. Rezaian adds that the results of one independent assessment of the procedure found that 90 percent of patients were able to return to the job that back pain was preventing them from performing, with a whole two-thirds of those individuals also saying that they were able to do so without the assistance of pain killers.

Dr. Rezaian has been Board Certified by the American Board of Spine Surgery since 1987, and has treated countless patients, and continues to help patients find solutions to their back pain to this day. Anyone interested in setting up a consultation with Dr. Rezaian can call California Orthopedic Medical Clinic at 310-289-1991 or visit them online at

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