Category: Surgical:


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 […]

Stem Cells for Back Pain: 2020 Update

What’s the update on stem cells for back pain?  The last time I talked about this was in 2018.  So what’s the latest news about this controversial topic? If you watch any advertisement for this procedure online or on TV,  you would think it was an approved, tried and true procedure for improving back pain.  As […]

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Does Discectomy Lead to Spinal Fusion?

If you have had a lumbar disc surgery, does that mean you will have a fusion surgery in the future? This is a very common question asked by many.  If you have a back operation, does not mean you will have more in the future? More specifically, if you have a lower back discectomy surgery, […]

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Why Lumbar Discectomy?

Why Lumbar Discectomy?Most people have heard about lumbar discectomy surgery for herniated disks. This surgery has changed the way many people feel about back surgery. In the past many back surgeries had uniformly poor results, and the chance of a positive outcome was not that great.  But, times have changed, and small incisions being done […]

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Spinal Stenosis

Believe it or not, you can have a lot of things  happening in your body without you even realizing it. Spinal Stenosis is one of those things. By the time you feel it, something may have to be done to slow down or reverse the symptoms that have finally decided to show themselves. Let’s talk… In […]

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. […]