The following case presentation is intended to assess current practice habits for common neurosurgical challenges when class I evidence is not available. The Case How Would You Treat This Patient? Would you prescribe an external lumbar brace for this patient in the postoperative period? Click here to take this survey. For results to the previous case, Persistent, Painless Foot Drop, click here. A 60-year-old man presents with a progressive history of low back pain and bilateral leg discomfort. He says that over the last year his ability to walk long distances has decreased due to bilateral leg pain and paresthesias radiating from his buttocks to his thighs. He must sit down or lean forward to alleviate the leg symptoms. He definitely feels that he can walk longer distances when he is leaning forward such as when pushing a shopping cart or a lawn mower. He clearly states that his leg symptoms are more bothersome than the low back pain. On physical examination there are no focal neurological deficits. His symptoms are reproduced when he extends…
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Before performing surgery for pain relief, it is important to ask the patient to describe the minimum level of pain improvement after surgery that he or she would consider acceptable.

  • Agree (100%, 1 Votes)
  • Strongly Agree (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Disagree (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Strongly Disagree (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 1


I would recommend that medical students choose neurosurgery as their profession because over the course of a career it offers (please select all that apply):

  • Continual intellectual challenge. (73%, 69 Votes)
  • Opportunities to improve the lives of patients. (61%, 57 Votes)
  • High degree of personal satisfaction. (52%, 49 Votes)
  • High degree of decision-making control. (35%, 33 Votes)
  • Opportunities for professional growth. (34%, 32 Votes)
  • Financial security. (32%, 30 Votes)
  • I wouldn't recommend neurosurgery. (16%, 15 Votes)
  • Favorable life-work balance. (7%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 94


My own or my practice's use of social networking software in the next 12 months will include the following areas. (Please select all that apply.)

  • None (48%, 46 Votes)
  • Facebook (35%, 33 Votes)
  • YouTube (23%, 22 Votes)
  • Blogs (text or video) (20%, 19 Votes)
  • Twitter (17%, 16 Votes)
  • Sermo (9%, 9 Votes)
  • Other (3%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 95