Lumbar Disk Herniation: What Are Reliable Criterions Indicative for Surgery?

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educational objectivesAs a result of reading this article, physicians should be able to:1. List the indications for surgical intervention in lumbar disk disease and the level of support for each indication as documented in the available literature.2. Describe the clinical diagnosis that would benefit most from urgent surgical decompression compared to nonoperative management to best optimize clinical outcomes.3. Discuss the role and duration of nonoperative therapy in the treatment of lumbar herniated disk disease.

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