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Recent studies have challenged the effectiveness of a popular kind of back surgery, yet many patients - and their doctors - say vertebroplasty works

Marianne Brenton, 76, underwent vertebroplasty earlier this year. “The surgery has saved my sanity,’’ said the Burlington resident. “The pain in my lower back was gone when I came out of the anesthesia.’’ Marianne Brenton, 76, underwent vertebroplasty earlier this year. “The surgery has saved my sanity,’’ said the Burlington resident. “The pain in my lower back was gone when I came out of the anesthesia.’’ (Fred Field for The Boston Globe)
By Kay Lazar
Globe Staff / August 24, 2009

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Marianne Brenton is an ardent believer in the back surgery she had earlier this year, a widely used treatment that she said immediately eased her “almost unendurable pain.’’ (Full article: 1278 words)

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