Does the Dr. Ho Decompression Belt Really Work?

Does the Dr. Ho Decompression Belt Really Work?
2.8 (56.18%) 476 votes

dr.ho decompression belt Back pain is one of the most common complaints that many people have and it is not something that can just be brushed aside or learning how to deal with it. There may be some relief with a product like the Dr. Ho Decompression Belt and if so then how much relief and for who?

Overview
With both chronic and acute back pain being such a big problem for many there is no wonder that there are a ton of products and devices on the market to try and relieve this. Those that suffer with this problem often end up paying a ton of money in the quest for looking for an alternative to heavy drugs, and pain relievers to give them some comfort. The Dr. Ho Decompression Belt is touted as being one of a kind belt that provides clinical grade traction and decompression therapy.

The Claim
The Dr. Ho site claims that this product when used as directed will inflate air into itself and as it expands vertically and as it does so it gently stretches and tractions the lower back. They state that this device has been developed by Dr. Michael Ho, a back pain specialist. When you look at Dr. Ho’s credentials you will note that he is a Doctor of Chiropractic and Acupuncture.

The Hype
When it comes to back pain there isn’t much hype that is needed other than a promise that the product will provide some relief from the nagging and sometimes very substantial back pain. Even the cost will be secondary if a potential buyer is convinced that the product may work for them.

The Cost
It is really important that you are checking out the right product as Dr. Ho has many different devices and products on the market. At the Dr. Ho Now site you can purchase the Dr. Ho Decompression Belt for about $171. On Amazon you may be able to get it for about ten dollars cheaper.

The Commitment
You are going to have to dedicate yourself to following the directions for the proper use of this product as well as adhere to its time limits and suggestions. It may be something that you have to do on a regular basis and you may have to be realistic in your anticipated results. There are a lot of reasons why people suffer with back pain and before seeking out pain relief solutions it is wise to have a proper medical diagnosis performed first before self treating yourself.

Evaluation
A lot of people that suffer with different types of muscular or joint pain are really high on compression type treatments. Recently we talked about compression devices for other parts of the body like the knees and elbows in our Copper Fit review. The Dr Ho Decompression Belt works on the premise that decompression helps to relieve the stress being placed on pinched nerves that are a result of a variety of different types of conditions.

Final Dr. Ho Decompression Belt Review

We are going to give this product a Try/Buy Rating. We are doing so because there may be some validity in the approach of how this product works in lifting weight off the back. If the marketing material is to be relied on it states that the design of this belt helps to lift the weight of the upper body off the lower back. This makes sense in that it would mean less pressure on the lower back. It has to be considered that there are some mixed reviews as to the worth of this product for pain reduction. At the same time though it also has to be considered that everyone’s back pain and cause is not the same, so it stands to reason that some may find this device exceptional while others find it has no value at all.

Our Recommendation
As mentioned your first step should be first to see your health care provider and get a firm diagnosis as to the cause and what options you have regarding your back pain. Next if you are interested in this Dr. Ho Decompression belt, then really research it in depth and discuss this with your health professional. Then if you do decide to buy make sure you know what your return options are and that you are buying it from a reputable source.

What do you think? Does The Dr. Ho Decompression Belt work or not?

Does the Dr. Ho Decompression Belt Really Work?
2.8 (56.18%) 476 votes

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe March 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm

I bought the Dr. Ho belt over 5 years ago. I have ankylosous spongilitious. Thats the best I can spell that. Its basicially erosion of the spine. The only problem with the belt is the 30 day warrenty. Because after 1 year the belt stopped holding air. But the belt does work. It realigns your back when your sleeping otherwise I have to line up my pain pills beside my bed and take them 1 hour before I can move.Most people dont have common sense to understand exercise is needed to keep your back in line in between using it. The best part about the belt is good back or bad. when you use it while driving long in the car you wont feel any stiffness or pain when you get out of your car.if you dont use it your muscles dont support your discs while driving and thats like having them smash into each other with every bump.it does work. I just wish Ho would tell the truth on how long the belt last.

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Adam May 28, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Undoubtedly putting the belt on removes pressure from the spine. Unless you have serious back pain this is outrageous. If you choose to use this, your spinal muscles will degenerate even further and you will become dependant on this inflated donut.

I’ve had problems with upper and lower back. Reducing muscle strength is not the option.
You need to do muscle strengthening not relying on external support, which will inevitably lead to muscle degeneration. Since I’ve started improving muscle strength I’ve never had a issue with back problems.

It’s a massive gimmick that you have to blow the belt up. An elastane pressure strap would last way longer and is far more inconspicuous.

Another piece of advertised tv drivel
Stop preying on vulnerable people!

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Earlene July 24, 2015 at 5:39 pm

thank you for your comment. I tried to order this belt for my husband many months ago…..his doctor was aware that he was going to order it…..waited + waited for the belt to arrive….called the 800#….the response was they didn’t have enough information from his medical card to process the order!!! gave the additional information they say they needed + NEVER received the belt. I did not call them, again! now, my husband wants me to try to order again, even getting a written prescription from his doctor…..I tell him I think the whole think is a fraud + glad to read the comments to back me up! wish me luck in convincing him this will not work…

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Cathy January 21, 2018 at 10:27 pm

If Medicare will pay for this , it is worth getting.

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Joe August 2, 2018 at 8:54 pm

So you want to steal money from Medicare, even though the belt is a piece of crap?

BeerNuts March 20, 2018 at 6:08 pm

You dumbazz, you don’t know what you are talking about. If your back muscles degenerated further by wearing this belt then you should give up life.

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Chris July 11, 2018 at 9:12 pm

I have thought about giving up on life many years but I don’t think this is the way you should talk about giving up on life because it is a mortal sin to talk about committing suicide or ending your life because you have to think about other people and your family and how much it would hurt them for you to be gone so I do not believe the you are very smart so I wish people like you would shut up because there are real people that have serious problems with their back and just stop do not tell people to kill themselves because you will pay for it in the end.

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Bonnie N. July 20, 2018 at 11:39 am

Beer Nuts,
It is so easy to hide behind the computer and type hateful things. Grow up please! This man is just leaving a review of his opinions. I do agree that muscles do not descengrate from this and if his has this is not a good belt! Chris , you have to do the exercises and I think doing yoga or Pilates would greatly benefit you. You can find a much cheaper belt and you need to build up your core. This will help tremendously!!! And also there are different companies that take insurance for Pilates and I’m sure yoga too. Beer Nuts your what’s wrong with this world, being an asshole bully is not how you should live your life. What goes around comes around! Hang in there Chris!

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ED July 25, 2018 at 7:48 am

Good morning, BeerNuts, Referring to someone as, “You Dumbazz” is in poor taste. Please tailor your comments to the positive and negative qualities of the belt and the success or failure that you’ve experience by using the belt. I am anxious to learn from you. We’re all in the same boat and need to support each other with credible comments that offer hope. I will pray that your future is bright and that you find a solution to your pain. ED

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DarthTater August 13, 2018 at 2:07 am

BeerNuts, you dilrod. Perhaps you should off yourself with your next heroin score. Planet Earth will thank you for it, ya loser.

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Doreen T. July 25, 2015 at 6:14 pm

I just saw the ad for the belt which has a good ‘theory’ behind its premise. That being said, the benefits from this belt will also have to depend on the location of any bulging disks, injury or other idiopathic issues within the spinal system. It looked pretty promising to me. In yhe opinion of many, any amount of reduction in pain is better than doing nothing. I am in no way suggesting that the belt will only relieve 5% of pain, I was just using a random number as a reference tool. Even if there is, (for reference only) just a 5% amount of Pain relief, that can mean so very much to a Chronic Pain Sufferer.
With a limitation placed on the length of time the belt should be worn, it should keep the back muscles from losing strength, mass or from musculature atrophy. Often, Chiropractors will offer decompression in their offices to take pressure off the spine as well. It is a temporary relief as the belt should be treated. There are many spinal patients who wear supportive back braces who develop no muscular issues from wearing them. The term, ‘Everything In Moderation’, should be at the forefront in the mind of the people who wear any type of assistive medical devices. I my self suffer from severe chronic spinal pain and I will be trying this product after I speak with my spinal specialist, and I advise anyone considering trying this product to consult a professional as well.

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Mark August 30, 2015 at 8:37 pm

I agree with Adam , you have to strengthen the muscles in your lower back, as well as stretching those muscles every day , I mean every day.
This product probably does work for awhile and then back to the same pain over and over again.
Just like a steroid injection in your back or using the chiropractor every week , you still have to exercise and stretch those lower back muscles period.

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Trudy January 21, 2018 at 11:56 pm

Can u tell me what exercises u do? I am not getting this. I figured it was not worth the money. I have spondylotheisis. verterbra half slipped out in L 5 ugh

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OZNE July 8, 2018 at 10:24 pm

I suffer from chronic lower back pain.It doesn’t hurt while I lay down in bed.When I get up it is painful and it takes several minutes to stand up strait,to do it I have to squat,stretch etc.The biggest help I get is doing crunches,in other words is to strengthen my upper an lower abdominals,this helps tremendously otherwise I would be walking with a cane.I make sure about posture,sitting with good lumbar support etc.At home I have different lumbar support where I sit,I lay back in front of my desk.To make short I am able to manage my pain.NO heavy lifting,use a dolly or something to move things.

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ken February 21, 2016 at 2:18 am

30 years ago I received a severe compressive injury to my back at work, but kept working wearing a good brand support belt and using anti-inflamatories. Getting through the week and spending most weekends in bed enabled me to stay at work – also used my holidays for extended recovery periods. I compounded the injury in 1994 closing workshop doors which stuck when partly closed. I struggled to keep working for 2 years but finaly could not stand up. CT scan in 1998 showed all disks but one in the lower back were torn – most had multiple tears. Health issues from anti-inflamatories and stress took its toll. Early last year I bought a cheap version of dr ho’s belt off ebay – not being confident enough to pay $200 plus dollars. I have since rebuilt our bathroom, built a large pagola and am leading an ‘almost’ normal life. I did find the belt rots very quickly with sweat in summer – 3 to 4 weeks. The first belt lasted 8 months through the cool season and only broke down after several week of working in extreme heat. As far as IT can tell by feedback, the genuine dr ho belt won’t survive any better. I’m on my 3rd belt – the one that started leaking at approx 3 weeks was replaced free. I’m happy to buy 6 or so of these a year – currently available from $55 and up from various sellers. If I was confident dr ho belts are superior quality I would pay the extra, but at present am not. My life began again the day I started using these belts. my muscle strength has improved greatly as has my general health. Follow the instuctions to the letter. I would suggest that the belt be hand washed with mild soap and well rinsed and gently dried.

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Mark W September 20, 2016 at 2:41 am

“Dr.” Michael Ho, founder of Dr. Ho Inc., has these lovely endorsements from the actual medical community:

http://www.mbchiro.org/
“PUBLIC CAUTION
Related to “Dr.” Ho
Michael Ho markets his products and services internationally under the brand name of “Dr. Ho”. With respect to the Province of Manitoba, please note that this individual is not licensed to practice chiropractic. As such, he is not authorized to:

Use the term “chiropractor” or “chiropractic” in Manitoba;
Imply that he is licensed to practice chiropractic in Manitoba;
Present himself as a chiropractic specialist, or use the title of “doctor”, “D.C” or “Dr.” of chiropractic.
[…] the Manitoba Chiropractors Association does not endorse the representations made by this company or individual in advertising which appears in various forms in Manitoba media.”

http://www.cco.on.ca/site_documents/Ho_-_august_2012.pdf

“Michael Ho has not been a member of [the College of Chiropractors of Ontario] since 2002. Only a member of CCO can hold him or herself as a person qualified to engage in chiropractic practice; Use the title “Dr.” in the course of providing or offering to provide in Ontario health care to individuals; Treat or advise a person with respect to his or her health”

etc.

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rrho August 11, 2017 at 10:43 pm

It’s total b.s.
What a scam.
He’s a scam.
Pathetic.
He should be investigated.

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Jerry November 27, 2017 at 8:15 pm

Have you tried the device for yourself? You said he should be investigated…but if YOU haven’t investigated him, how do you know he is a fraud? I’m not saying I believe this products HYPE… I’m only saying you shouldnt defame someones character before you know the facts.

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H. Marie LIndsey September 3, 2017 at 11:15 pm

more decompression– I spent $5K in the decompression table, had about 100 visits where I was ‘decompressed on this huge machine, spent about 30 min with an elaborate tens machine allegedly to regenerate my spinal gel and a water bed for another 30 minutes
needless to say the $5k was welcome by the company that offered it, the attendants were very corgial etc. but as for any benefit, my gels continue to degenerate and there is nothing that can be done
I saw a neurologist and a physical surgeon both indicating I was not a good candidate for surgery but I could anything I felt I needed to do what I had to do live each day. It is harder and harder to get around each day, I have lost 4 inches in height so reaching things in my kitchen are now down to hobbit level
from the reviews I seriously doubt spending another $200 is going to do anything about returning my spine to anything remotely comfortable, fortunately I really don’t have what I consider real pain I am just prevented from doing things I would normally be able to do.

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Bonnie July 20, 2018 at 11:46 am

Have you looked into disc replacement?? I have been just recommended that because my doctor will not do fusions anymore because you do have further problems. There are doctors in Plano that invented this and this is my next stop after my shoulder heals!

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Steve August 16, 2018 at 1:59 am

Bonnie
Be very careful about new surgeries. Disc replacement is very dangerous and you can end off worse than before the surgery because they have to go in from the front which means your intestines and other vital organs are laying on a table during the procedure. A co-worker of mine travelled to another state to have the procedure because it is not allowed in California. He came out in far worse condition than before the surgery and almost died from kidney failure and had to have section of his intestines removed because of necrosis because they didn’t put things back in right.
Be wary of new procedures that doctors want try. DON’T BE A GUINIE PIG!!!

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Sara October 5, 2017 at 2:52 am

I think it is VERY misleading and irresponsible to claim that this item is covered by Medicare. Medicare will NEVER cover anything that is prescribed with a diagnosis of pain and you would need a face to face visit with your doctor where they document very thouroughly what your problem is and how this device would fix the issue…at the very least

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Sharon November 16, 2017 at 5:44 pm

I believe this belt is to be used as a treatment to relieve pain, not be worn constantly. I have had disc decompression done at the chiropractor and it does help, but is costly because insurance doesn’t cover it. So for a few hundred dollars, if I can get even temporary relief from pain….it is worth it. I noted that some people said this will weaken muscle. Sure it will if you wear it constantly. That is not what this belt if for.

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Lucie January 6, 2018 at 2:30 am

Hi Sara
I just gave these people on the phone all my Medicare information do you think it’s a fraud ?

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lawrence kader January 20, 2018 at 7:25 pm

this belt should come with a DANGER WARNING for anyone that has had any type of back surgery, like myself i had 2 verts removed and 3 discs they then installed a wire basket and two rods to keep my spine aligned, well a yr after i had the surgery a medical warehouse called me promising no more pain or pills and my insurance paid for this junk thing,
the day i got it i put it on as the directions stated and used the pump well long story very short i ripped all the anchor screws out of my spine and one rod fell loose the pain was unstoppable and i was rushed back into surgery, these things are dangerous yet even though i told the supposed nurse what surgeries i had had she told me this product was ok for me to use,,, i cannot hold anyone liable except myself, so buyer beware check with your doctor first if you just have to have another piece of junk in your closet

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David love May 25, 2018 at 1:32 pm

U can send it my way,i havnt had lower back surgery yet and will wait till i absolutly haft to. No they should have NEVER even sugested u doing any kind of decompression afterhaving surgery like u had.

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RSchnyder January 24, 2018 at 6:04 pm

Hi Lucie, let me know if Medicare really paid for it. If it will provide temporary relief that is great.

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Drema Smith February 3, 2018 at 4:34 am

Does Medicare cover this back braces with dr. Appt. ? The ratings from Dr. Oz. Television show? Does this device really relieve back pain?

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Ihssan March 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm

it’s $199 on TV and they billed Medicaid $2,000 and now after Medicaid paid them $888 they’re coming after me for $226 the belt does not work it’s useless it’s a scam be careful how dare you try to rip off the federal government and why would you

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Jabber April 1, 2018 at 12:44 pm

Just another scammer making money off of high impact marketing.

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Barbara April 8, 2018 at 1:40 am

I tried to ordered the belt today. U have Medicare. I gave them all my information they ask for. My doctors name and number. My Medicare #. Answered all the questions.,they keep handing me me off to person after person and each person ask the same questions. This sent on r times. At this point I had been on the phone for over an hour. I ask the last person why I was being ask the same questions and how many times I needed to answer the same questions. And told him I needed to get off the phone. At that point the connection was lost.

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Trish April 30, 2018 at 11:30 am

Michael Ho markets his products and services internationally under the brand name of “Dr. Ho”. With respect to the Province of Manitoba, please note that this individual is not licensed to practice chiropractic. As such, he is not authorized to:

Use the term “chiropractor” or “chiropractic” in Manitoba;
Imply that he is licensed to practice chiropractic in Manitoba;
Present himself as a chiropractic specialist, or use the title of “doctor”, “D.C” or “Dr.” of chiropractic.
As the regulatory body for chiropractic in Manitoba, the Manitoba Chiropractors Association does not endorse the representations made by this company or individual in advertising which appears in various forms in Manitoba media.

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Derrick Baggett May 1, 2018 at 7:22 am

Will this help with my pain in my lower back. It’s the L4,L5 herniated disc and facet joint is what I have been told and the nerves around the area is what’s causing me have the pain non stop. With out any pain meds I can’t do anything. I can’t work,sleep or any kind of sports,outdoor activities.

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Suzanne May 20, 2018 at 7:31 pm

I have been seeing this advertised on TV and they stated that medicare will now pay for this device. I called the 800 360 2219 number the sale person I spoke with said medicare in the State of Hawaii does not pay very pushy to get me to buy one with 2 easy payments. I think they are making false statements in the advertising. Medicare is not a state agency medicare is a National program.

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Ballsy July 18, 2018 at 9:30 pm

Actually Medicaid generally is the party who would pay for legitimate items for ongoing care. That is in partnership with each State. Hawaii, may have identified this company as having fraudulent billing practices, and does not authorize them as a legitimate source for air compression belts. As others have posted, they market this item to individuals at $200, but when billing to Government agencies, it is billed at $2,000. If purchased and the Government Agency does not pay full $2,000 you may be billed for the unpaid amount.

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matt May 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm

Works good first 1 I brought in 2012 and lasted a year . 2nd has lasted 5 yes now .I have no lower discs left and use the belt when the pain gets unbearable.. it’s not a fix for your back but a relief. Make sure you order the right size for your torso.

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Larry June 10, 2018 at 11:39 pm

I was “this close” to ordering one for my wife. MY wife and I both have chronic back pain in lower back brought on by being old and over weight. I figured 200 bucks wasn’t much to relieve her pain. Roughly half of the commenters had negative comments to make. Most of them mentioned that supporting aching muscles didn’t do any long term assistance, in fact it made your long term condition even worse. I also should mention in the star rating system above, this product receives 3 positive stars out of 5. This meant a 60% approval! Do you spend 200 bucks on a product that has your wife health at risk and that is approved by 60% of users/customers? Dumb-ass question, me thinks.

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Michael August 7, 2018 at 1:12 pm

I just got the belt last week and it has been wonderful. I truly think 2 things. First it depends on your problem and pain. If you have spine degeneration or leg related back problems or blown discs, this likely isn’t for you. If you have mild alignment, arthritis, slight degeneration, etc, then it will help you out a lot. I don’t like the broad claims they make on TV. Only some will benefit. Secondly, you have to exercise and use the DVD. Just like any rehab or treatment, proper exercise is key to anything effectively working. If you’ve been to back therapy, you know this.
So evaluate your situation. Is it too serious to try this simple basic pain belt? Are you willing to also do back excercise to maximize results? These two variables are why it only gets really good reviews, or really bad ones. If it works, you’re likely very satisfied and have a milder condition and exercise. If it doesn’t it’s a one star, you likely have a more serious issue and are older or unwilling to exercise.
As for the pricing and Medicate fraud. I’m not surprised. Good product or not, this is often taken advantage of. Example: The MyPillow. Wild claims and all over the board pricing. Only helps some people and refunds are difficult. When you’re trying to make money in advertising product, companies will often try to take every advantage possible. Overbilling Medicare is a common medical practice. Ever look at how much hospitals charge Medicare for simple injections or procedures? Or most any insurance for that matter. Example: 1 shot morphine in ER – billed at $48 – $70. Actual cost $1.23.
Bottom line – it works for me, but I only have lower back arthritis, and can work out some. I’m worried about how long the belt will wear and last (given reported breakdown reviews). Other than that, I’d recommend IF appropriate.

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Cindy Minton August 10, 2018 at 1:56 pm

What sad times we live in. Times where selling garbage that costs two dollars to make is then sold for hundreds, and gullible consumers feed right into it. Sad, sad indeed.

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Steve August 16, 2018 at 1:49 am

Bonnie
I hope you and others see this regarding disc replacement. Its very new and a dangerous surgery.
They have to perform it from the front which means they have to remove all your inards to get to your spine. A co-worker of mine had the disc replacement and ended up worse than before the surgery.
He ended up with kidney failure and had a portion of his intestines removed because a part of it simply died, as he almost died also. Don’t jump to new routines just because a doctor wants to try something new.

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Does the Dr. Ho Decompression Belt Really Work?
2.8 (56.18%) 476 votes