Dr. Stan Lee

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
W. Bloomfield, MI
25 years experience male

Locations

Specialists in Spine Surgery

Southfield, MI

Address

Oakland Regional Hospital-1st Fl Clinic, 22401 Foster Winter Drive, Southfield, MI
Directions

Fax

2489261970

Insurances accepted

Other

Specialists in Spine Surgery

W. Bloomfield, MI

About

Bio

Having practiced spine surgery at the highest level, Dr. Lee has chosen to focus on his passion for education by consulting on spinal medicine and surgery for patients and industries to empower others to make informed, evidence-based healthcare choices. Dr. Lee truly offers clients a full spectrum perspective by drawing on his experience diagnosing and treating the most acute and complex spine conditions. He also devotes time to a small, direct-pay spine surgery practice where he is able to spend the time and care needed to thoroughly educate and engage patients about their condition and treatment options. By focusing on informed choice and patient engagement, outcomes and patient satisfaction are significantly improved.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Languages spoken

Cantonese, Mandarin

Doctor Q&A

73 Answers
48 Agrees
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A 27-year-old member asked:
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No: Neurontin/gabapentin is a nerve stabilizing medication that can be helpful for nerve pain. Pain from multilevel disk degeneration originates from the ... Read More
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Yes: Anterior cervical fusion surgery is typically very well tolerated and routine, with a smooth recovery. However, because of the proximity of the spinal... Read More
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Yes: The type of surgery will determine the location and size of the scar.
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Not usually: Though whiplash can be very painful in the first several weeks, it is a self-limited condition that responds well to noninvasive measures such as phys... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
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Multiple options: A herniated disk can be treated surgically by minimally invasive excision of the fragment. Prior to resorting to surgery, there are numerous nonsurgic... Read More
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A surgeon: Spine surgery involving direct removal of herinated disk fragments (microdiscetomy) for pain from a pinched nerve has been a widely accepted treatment... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Major spine surgery in menstration women such as scoliosis correction often triggers menstration due to the physiological stress of the surgery. Cycle... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Decompressive spine surgery for a pinched nerve involves manipulation of the nerves intraoperatively which can cause short term nerve discomfort after... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
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Nerve decompression: A laminectomy describes any procedure where the back bony covering (lamina) of the spine is surgically removed. The purpose is to gain access to the s... Read More
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More pressure: Coughing, sneezing, or any other activity that causes one to strain or bear down increases the pressure in the abdomen, resulting in increased pressur... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
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Usually Not: Following successful spine fusion, the instrumentation typically remains. Conditions such as a deep infection, nonhealing fusion, and on rare occasio... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal that results in pressure on the nerves within the spine and nerve pain or sciatica in the legs. Stre... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
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Small But Real Risk: Epidural injections are typically very routine, injections done under x-ray guidance without anesthetic. However, they are not without risk (i.e. Rece... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
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Not usually: Mild to moderate sciatica from a pinched nerve is a relatively stable condition, with low relative risk for precipitous worsening. Return to play, wi... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Talk to ordering doc: Radiology reports must be contextualized and are not meant directly for patients without the ordering doctor's interpretation. A finding of "reversal ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
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Proven techniques: For refractory spinal stenosis with correlating sciatic, surgical laminectomy has been a highly effective treatment for nearly 100 years. For low back... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
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Talk to your surgeon: At 7 weeks post op, your surgeon has the best perspective.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
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Failure of formation: With a hemivertebra, half of the vertebra fails to form. There are other congenital spine defects where vertebrae fail to divide or segment, leading t... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
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Genetics: In a research study started in 1991 and published in 2009 (the spine journal 9 pg. 47-59), identical and nonidentical twins were longitudinally studie... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
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Nothing surgical: A spine MRI is a test that, if negative, definitively rules out potentially progressive or permanently impairing conditions such as nerve compression,... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
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Yes: There is approximately a 5% chance of reherniation immediately after microdiskectomy. After the initial healing phase, the rate of another herniation ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
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Ask your surgeon: Your surgeon is most familiar with your case. Immediately after any surgery, your surgeon is your best resource.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Approximately 6mo: Similar to a surgically repaired extremity fracture, a spine fusion typically takes up to 6 months to fully consolidate. In a long fusion, such as in ... Read More
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Ask your surgeon: If you are having surgery, be sure the lines of communication are wide open and your surgeon is listening to and answering all of your questions and c... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Once a spine fusion consolidates, very few restrictions are medically necessary. One should always use good body mechanics and back care techniques wi... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
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Depends on Symptoms: Treatment for a herniated disk with isolated neck or back pain should focus on noninvasive techniques such as therapy, exercises, and short term medic... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
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Fair: There is strong scientific evidence that esi for a pinched nerve from an acute disk herniation can help control symptoms, buy time for recovery, and d... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
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Noninvasive Treament: Though the radiology report may read annular tear, as a spine surgeon who has often correlated what was read as an annular tear on an MRI report with ... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
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Different purposes: In scoliosis surgery, the first rod placed during surgery is often used to perform the majority of curve correction, while the second rod is used to ... Read More
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Depends: A patient's residual lumbar motion after fusion depends on the number of levels fused. Most of a patient's functional bending happens through the hip... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
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No: Spinal stenosis arises from arthritic changes in the spine, leading to spinal canal narrowing and symptomatic nerve compression. Bracing is not a wide... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Very serious: Any spine surgery, and scoliosis surgery in particular, is major surgery and carries a real, though small risk of permanent nerve damage or paralysis.... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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It Depends: In a patient with spondylolisthesis (forward slippage of one vertebra on the one below), an MRI is most helpful in evaluating the extent of spinal ste... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Spinal stenosis symptoms arise from pressure on the spinal nerves from spinal canal narrowing. Flexion exercises of the lumbar spine may help decompre... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
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No: Spinal stenosis symptoms are due to pressure on nerves in the spine. Gllucosamine, in theory, helps preserve/restore with cartilage in arthritic joint... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
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Use extreme caution: It is extremely difficult to isolate an anatomic origin for low back pain. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to successfully treat low back pain wi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
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There are many: There are many alternative therapies for spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis arises from arthritic changes in the spine, leading to spinal canal narrowi... Read More
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Disk replacement: Disk replacement is a surgery to replace the native disk in the neck or back. It is a newer technique that, though fda approved for safety, has shown ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
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Spinal Instability: Spine fusion is indicated when spinal stability and/or alignment has been compromised, resulting in risk for further spinal collapse, deformity, or ne... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
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Potentially: Any surgery has its inherent risks and potential benefits. Spine surgery can be very beneficial but involves an area that is very delicate and vital t... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 25 years experience
Spinal Instability: Spine fusion is indicated when spinal stability and/or alignment has been compromised, resulting in risk for further spinal collapse, deformity, or ne... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
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Not surgery: Spondylosis is ubiquitous in the middle ages and beyond. Research has shown that it is not possible to reliably and definitively diagnosis/isolate spo... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Epidural spinal injections (esi) are established by research to be potentially beneficial for patients with radiating nerve pain from nerve compressio... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 25 years experience
Depends: What is read as "herniated disks" on an MRI report is often an incidental finding and must be correlated to symptoms. A symptomatic disk herniation ty... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
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Varies: Scoliosis surgery is major surgery, technically demanding, and resource intensive. Like any other service, the cost to the patient depends on many fac... Read More
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Depends: A herniated disk is only problematic when it puts pressure onto a spinal nerve, resulting in pain, numbness, and/or weakness in the nerve distribution... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
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History&MRI: Spinal stenosis is best seen on mri. However, unless there are correlating symptoms by history, it is just a radiographic finding. If a patient has co... Read More
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A 75-year-old male asked:
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Initial care: Pain clinics can diagnose and offer some nonsurgical treatment options for symptomatic spinal stenosis. However, for refractory sciatica from severe s... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
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Rarely: Spine fusion is reserved for when symptoms arise from spinal instability. Examples include unstable fracture, severe scoliosis, or symptomatic vertebr... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
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Vastly: There is tremendous variability in opinion between spine surgeons. The frequency of spine surgery has increased several fold in the past decade withou... Read More
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I would highly recommend Dr. Lee. He is a dedicated practitioner who’s answers are well thought out and accurate.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Lee is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Lee is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks I am now awaiting another MRI he says I shouldn't have any pain.And I should be sleeping alot with the medication he has me on.Going to see him on the 5th of June but seeing my PCP This Morning...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I can now prove to my son to look after his back as he must have a high genetic risk.
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Elaborate, I can stand about6 mins before pain and spasms, feeling spine is about to collapse.Takes my breath.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan Medical School, MI
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER. 1998-2003

Awards

Clinical Lecturer, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Michigan Medical School. 2004-2008
Most Influential, Third Place, Ann Arbor Region, MI - Summer
2013
Top Orthopedic Spine Surgeon , First Place, Michigan - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Scoliosis Research Society
North American Spine Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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