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April 24, 2002

Neck Surgery Revisited

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JAMA. 2002;287(16):2067. doi:10.1001/jama.287.16.2067-JQU20004-2-1

According to currently available evidence, surgery for patients with cervical spondylosis has no advantage over nonsurgical treatments, said researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Their report appears in the April 1 issue of Spine.

The researchers performed an extensive medical literature review to identify all studies of surgery for cervical spondylosis. Of some 13 000 articles screened, only two studies—with a total of 130 patients—met their criteria (randomization to surgery or medical treatment and "truly unconfounded").

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