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Surgery or IDD Therapy®?

Making the Choice: Surgery or IDD Therapy® 

Our practitioners are often told by patients that they were looking for an alternative to surgery.   Knowing the risks involved with surgery was one of the facts that prompted us to develop IDD Therapy®.   For that reason, we developed this list of pros and cons to help us, and you, understand why it makes sense to try IDD Therapy® before “going under the knife.”


IDD Therapy®

Success Rate

Failure rate for low back surgery is very high.  On average, about


Further, a clinical study found that only 34% of 102 patients who underwent repeat back surgery had a successful outcome.2

Surgical candidates treated with IDD Therapy® reported at least a 50% decrease in pain AND


Reported in a clinical study following 84 patients two years after completing treatment.  (Dennis McClure, MD, et all). 3

Recovery Time

Typical back surgery recovery time ranges from six weeks to six months, which can cause a major disruption to your life and your job.

There is NO recovery time.  IDD Therapy® involves 45 minutes per session over a 4-6 week period, causing no disruption to your life or job.

Long-Term Consequences

One back surgery will often cause a need for more back surgeries because of the instabilities it creates in the back.  The average back surgery patient gets two to three back surgeries.

Unlike surgery, IDD Therapy® does not put any lasting strain on the spine.  As a result, we have not seen any long-term problems from it, only long-term relief.

Potential to Get Worse

Previous back surgery is associated with significantly worse general health status than those without surgery.5

There is no evidence whatsoever that suggests patients have ended up worse off from IDD Therapy®.


• Problems with anesthesia
• Infection
• Nerve damage
• Problems with hardware
• Ongoing pain

There are NO complications.
• No medication
• No needles
• No steroids
• No cutting

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

300,000 lumbar sacral spinal surgeries are performed each year as a treatment for chronic low back pain, and the incidence of failed back surgeries can be as high as 60%.6

IDD Therapy® not only decreases pain, it also lifts depression associated with pain.  Patients are able to avoid using drugs on a daily basis to avoid addiction.

Now, with all things considered…. You may agree that this isn’t where you want to be!

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1  Radin, E.L. International Orthop. 1987; 11:255-259.
2  Neurosurgery 1991;28:285-690.
3  US Musculoskeletal Review 2006, Dennis McClure, MD, Neurologist.
4  AJPM Vol. 15 No. 3 July 2005, Long-Term Effect Analysis of IDD Therapy®.
5  Spine. 29(17):1931-1937, September 1, 2004. Hee, Hwan T., MD; Whitecloud, Thomas S. III, MD; Myers, Leann, Ph.D.
6  Clinical features of failed back syndrome. J Neurosurg 1988; 69:61-71.

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