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Do I Need a Rheumatologist?

There are many people who are referred to a surgeon the minute they complain of back pain.  The truth is very few of these patients would actually benefit from surgical management.  Because of the pain, and the desperation the patient feels, they generally think that their only choice is surgery. Let’s talk…. As discussed in […]

Do I Need a Neurologist?

    Most spine surgeons are asked to evaluate people and to make determinations for surgery. Once a person goes to a surgeon, they are going with the thought that they do need surgery. These people are generally upset when surgery is not scheduled immediately as they are symptomatic and “just need to get something […]

What do You Really Expect from Surgery?

Once you decide on surgery, it is time to decide what your expectations are. How should you prepare for immediate post-op needs and what does the future hold for you concerning work, activities and pain. Let’s talk…… The first thing you need to know is we can not make you 20 years old again. Many […]

The Most Important Decision You Can Make

How do you Make Your Big Decisions? Almost daily we make choices that could change our lives or the lives of those around us. Sometimes it’s taking a different way to work and ending up in an accident, buying a car that ends up costing a fortune in repairs, or for the very few, stopping […]

Are We Giving Bad Advice?

Hi, I'm Dr. John Shim, and today I'd like to talk about a rather boring topic, and that's the discussion about evidence based medicine. To many this seems like a buzz word, or a way to justify certain treatments. In reality, evidence based medicine is the more modern way to determine if […]

What is a Real Second Opinion?

Why get a second surgical opinion? This is Dr. John Shim, and I want to discuss this very important topic. When you're in a life-and-death situation, there's no time for a second opinion. Time is of the essence. I say thank God you're in the United States because we have the best […]