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What is a Nonunion?

What is a nonunion? For most doctors, it means two or more bones that were supposed to heal together but did not. To give an example, sometimes broken leg bones do not heal. Surgery may be necessary to unite the bone edges together. Nonunions can happen to any bone, although for most healthy people, the […]

Anomalies That Can Affect Your Back Surgery

In the last video,  we concentrated on test findings in your neck that could influence your surgical treatment options.  In this video, I will be sharing the test findings in your lower back that could affect your options. One of the most common variants is the presence of a missing or extra lumbar bone. This […]

Anomalies That Can Affect Your Neck Surgery

What are the test results that may matter for surgeries in your neck? Not everyone is born with the standard bones of the spine.   In fact, a significant portion of the population has what is called an anatomic variant.  But there’s no need to be alarmed.  Having an anatomic variant simply means that a structure […]

Common Complications of Spine Surgery

PART TWO What are the most common complications in spine surgery that could be causing you pain? While most spine surgeries are designed to relieve pressure on the nerves or spinal cord, sometimes, the herniated disc or bone spur is not completely removed. This can leave residual pressure on the nerve and cause the pain […]

Why am I Still in Pain After Spine Surgery?

PART ONE How come I’m still in pain after spine surgery? It’s a common question, and the answer depends on the type of surgery and when you ask. The first couple days after surgery, it is typical to feel pain.  During surgery,  medications such as steroids are infused into the area to help reduce swelling.  The medication […]

Where to Make the Incision?

How does your surgeon decide where to make the incision?  Before surgery,  many want to know how and where the incision is going to be made — with the hope that the smaller it is,  the lesser the pain will be.  People also want to be reassured that the resulting scar will heal and fade […]