Opinion: How Four Corners got it wrong on spinal fusion

Spinal surgeons have been wrongfully denigrated, writes Dr John Cunningham.

WHILST the fallout from the Norman Swan Four Corners episode Wasted continues on many fronts, it was with some shock that I heard him claim that around half of all spinal fusions are “needless”.

What began as a discussion about the GP management of back pain, was followed by an allegation by a Professor of Orthopaedic surgery, no less, that, “sometimes doctors think… if I just fused those two