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Dr. Stan Lee

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
W. Bloomfield, MI
24 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
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
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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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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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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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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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: The type of surgery will determine the location and size of the scar.
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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: Major spine surgery in menstration women such as scoliosis correction often triggers menstration due to the physiological stress of the surgery. Cycle... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
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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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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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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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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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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
A 45-year-old member asked:
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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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Talk to your surgeon: At 7 weeks post op, your surgeon has the best perspective.
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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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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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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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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
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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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
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
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
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
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.
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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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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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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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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Yes: Pinched nerve pain from a disk herniation can also be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, short-term pain relievers, and phy... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
No: Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal, leading to pressure on the nerves within the spine. It's primary cause is arthritic change. Thus, i... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
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No: A herniated disk is a term often used to describe MRI images and can be present without symptoms. A herniated disk on MRI must be correlated to a pati... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Spinning is an excellent, low impact activity. For patients with a herniated disk, it can be safe as long as it doesn't worsen symptoms.
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Though extremely rare, a severely bulged disk can cause urinary problems that is almost always associated with numbess in the genitals and buttocks. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Most discectomy patients can return to a sedentary job within 3-6 weeks. Patients with physical demanding jobs may require reconditioning afterwards a... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Several: Peripheral neuropathy tends start in the toes, moving up the limbs with worsening, and in a circumferential distribution. Spinal stenosis symptoms typ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Walking may increase spinal stenosis symptoms because the spine tends to be in a more extended position with walking. If walking causes symptoms, pati... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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It Depends: After a spine injury, surgery can be an option if the spine is rendered unstable or if there is a pinched nerve or spinal cord. Xrays and cat scan ca... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
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Very low: The large majority of modern spinal instrumentation is made of titanium. Allergy to titanium is exceedingly rare.
A 21-year-old member asked:
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: A herniated disk is a term often used to describe MRI images and can be present without symptoms. A herniated disk on MRI must be correlated to a pat... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Along with total knee and total hip replacement, routine spine surgeries are amongst the most successful surgeries in orthopaedics when done in the ri... Read More
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
A 51-year-old female asked:
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Either: Neuro/ortho spine surgeons can both treat facet arthritis surgically. However, great caution should be taken, as methods to reliably identify patients... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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See ordering doc: Diagnostic tests are ordered to aid a physician in advising patients and are not intended to be directly understood by patients. Responsible test orde... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: For spinal stenosis patients, walking is ok but maybe more difficult. Neurogenic claudication (buttock and leg pain/weakness) from spinal stenosis is... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Typically, healing from a spine fusion reaches its maximum at 6 months. Beyond then, most patients can resume activities as tolerated per their sympto... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Yes: If a spine fusion does not successfully fuse, it can breakdown with time. If a spine fusion successfully fuses, breakdown is not likely.
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Pinched nerve: A microdiskectomy is an option for a patient with symptoms of a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine that persist in spite of non operative measures.
A 35-year-old member asked:
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Refractory symptoms : Herniated disk surgery should only be considered in the presence of all 3: a)mri evidence of a herniation that is visibly pinching a nerve b)symptoms ... Read More
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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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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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