I’m Stopping the Use of Discography

For many chronic back pain patients,  a technique called discography has been used to determine the need for surgery.     The procedure has been controversial,  and a hotly debated topic by spine specialists. The procedure usually means a small needle is introduced into a disk,  and chemicals (usually saline,  contrast dye,  and some lidocaine) […]

Recurrent Herniated Nucleus Pulposus

  Statistically, Recurrent Herniated Nucleus Pulposus occur more commonly than hoped. When you have a Herniated Nucleus Pulposus,  the outer fibers of your disk, or the annulus has weakened allowing a tear, and subsequent rupture of the soft nucleus material out of the disk.  We can debate the cause of the weakening of the outer annulus,  but usually, it […]

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Surgery for Recurrent Disk Herniations

Unfortunately, even after successful lumbar discectomy surgery,  there is between a 5% and 15% chance of a recurrent disk herniation at the same location. The reason is secondary to the nature,  and size of the lumbar disk.  Most disk herniations are pieces of annulus, endplate, and or nucleus elements of the disk.  The fragments, however, are only […]

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Results

How are the Results for Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion? General consensus by most surgeons and patients report a 95%-98% success rate in terms of relief of arm pain.  That statistic is very important for everyone to understand. Cervical Discectomy Surgery is successful for ARM PAIN.  Unfortunately,  that does not mean neck pain, or headaches. Just […]

The Cost of Medicare Spine Surgery

In this age of Healthcare cost transparency,  few people really know what the US Government is really paying the doctors. In 2013,  Bedlani et al published a fascination article called The Patient Perceptions of Physician Reimbursement for Spine Surgery.   In the study,  200 consecutive patients of an outpatient clinic were provided an anonymous survey […]

Cervical Radiculopathy

What is Cervical Radiculopathy? The most common cause of Cervical Radiculopathy,  a herniated nucleus pulposus (herniated disc), which pinches one of the nerves in the neck. Other causes of cervical radiculopathy include bone spurs,  fractures,  infections and tumors.  Fortunately,  most of the time,  the causes are not as serious as the latter three. What are […]