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What is a Real Second Opinion?

You are sitting on an examination table, wearing not much more than a Kleenex, and your physician is telling you that he/ she recommends surgery. You hear that word and everything else sounds like the teacher on Charlie Brown. “Wah, wah, wah, wah”. You’ve only seen this doctor once before and all of a sudden, […]

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Back pain as side effect of taking medication

As many new prescription drugs come to market to treat everything from cholesterol to erectile dysfunction, one of the biggest concerns for both patients and practitioners who prescribe these medications are side effects. Some medications do a great job at controlling a specific problem, but are so toxic that they cause others problems. One lesser […]

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Lasers, Stem Cells and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

As a spine surgeon,  I get it!  In the ideal situation,  spine surgery will have a tiny incision,  with no surgical pain,  the latest technology,  and the ability to recreate the normal state after the procedure. Many times,  you can acheive success if you wait long enough.  That is because many spine problems can improve without surgical […]

Wine and Spine (update)

Does Wine and Spine have benefits? Wine lovers have more reason to celebrate!  By now, many have heard about the Mediterranean Diet.  Fruits, vegetables, olive oil and red wine, have shown benefits for reduction of cardiac disease. But how does Wine and Spine problems relate?  Red wine has been show to contain resveratrol, a naturally occurring […]

Obesity and Spine Surgery

Obesity and Spine Surgery is a sensitive issue.  The March 1 issue of Spine does tackle this issue by comparing the results of surgery for obese patients to normal weight patients. Not surprisingly,  the results do show a difference, with patients in the obese catagory having inferior rates of success compared to the normal weight patients. […]

Texting and Selfies, the Pain is Real.

While sitting at the beach the other day, a friend and I watched people of all ages (not just kids) bending over their phones and tablets for hours. Several other individuals spent several hours doing make-up and taking dozens of selfies. Along with the blatant narcissism and the total lack of appreciation for your surroundings, […]

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