Dr. Michael Bolesta

Orthopedic Surgery
Dallas, TX
42 years experience male

Locations

Office

Dallas, TX

Address

Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1801 Inwood Rd., Dallas, TX
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

About

Bio

Native of St. Louis, Missouri. Trained in Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. Practiced in Ohio, Missouri, and Texas. Have practiced in Dallas since 1994, caring for folks with spinal problems.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

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644 Answers
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A 76-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Perhaps: Exercise that strengthens the abdominal (tummy) muscles could reduce the curve of the low back (lordosis). This could enlarge the nerve channels sligh... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Soon: There is probably no problem with massage unless the area to be rubbed has been injured (cuts, broken bones, scrapes) or has had surgery. Check with t... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: It probably relates to the shifting levels of hormones in your system throughout your cycle. If the cramping and back pain are mild, keep going and us... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
No: In most cases, no. Conservative measures usually work and a normal active life is possible.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Mild: This is a fairly small curve. For people who are young (child or adolescent) it may need watching to see if it worsens (gets larger). A young and midd... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
1 to 3 months: Your surgeon can guide you in your specific situation, but generally you need to let the soft tissues (disk, muscle, ligaments, skin) heal. That takes... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: When spine surgery is elective (not an emergency, such as for paralysis), it is best for a person to be well. If you have a serious infection or medic... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: If you mean a chair on wheels, no. Chairs do vary in how comfortable they are, so pick one that is correct in height for you, gives good support, and ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Mild postural deformity can be improved by exercises stressing strength and position. Larger deformities generally do not respond to this. Sometimes d... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Curve vs slip: Spondylolisthesis means one spine bone has shifted forward on the one below it. It is seen on a side view x-ray (or other imaging study). Scoliosis is... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Perhaps: It depends on the age of the person having the fusion (the younger you are, the more growth that may be lost), the number of bones involved (the more ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Several things: Medication can help. Adjust the way you do things (avoiding positions and movements that aggravate your pain, but still stay as active and "normal" as... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes!: The surgery is major, though generally well tolerated. The surgery is near the spinal cord and many nerves. It requires moving the esophagus, the musc... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Disk injury: Technically is not not a tear of the vertebra (a bone), but the disk between two bones. The outer disk (annulus fibrosis) is made of layers of collage... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Perhaps you can: If you have good hand and arm strength you could hang from a pull-up bar and let the weight of your trunk and legs put traction on your low back, whic... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
No: It depends a bit on you and your overall condition. It you ease into it, train, practice, most will do fine. Nothing works for everyone, but if you wa... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Mainly stress: The extra weight puts additional stress on the back, including the areas with the spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis, further irritating the area.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Varies: Most of the time it is done under general anesthesia (put to sleep with drugs), cleansing the skin, making an incision, moving tissues gently out of t... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Support & stability: The facet joints at l5s1 are very important. They allow movement, but help prevent the L5 bone from shifting forward on top of the s1 bone, a conditio... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: If your disk herniation is acute (within the last few months), most spine experts suggest limiting heavy lifting until the pain subsides. When lifting... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
It does not: Degenerative spondylolisthesis usually is not seen before age 50. While is rarely occurs earlier, it should have no direct affect on pregnancy.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
After rehabilitation: It depends on your symptoms. If the spondylolysis is acute, a period of rest, perhaps bracing may let the bones heal. If chronic, exercise and therapy... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Uncertain: Simple measures like exercise, stretching, non-narcotic medication should be tried first. Failing this, injection of anesthetic and cortisone like ste... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
There are several: When it is due to a nerve coming from the spine, it is called radiculopathy or radiculitis. The nerves in the arms and legs (and trunk) can have a con... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Get a friend to look: Bend over like you were going to touch your toes and have someone else look at the surface of your back (mid back and low back) as though it were the ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Some apprehension or anxiety before a major operation is a normal human reaction. Let your doctor or the assistant know about your concerns. Talking t... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
It varies: Most herniated disks heal on their own. The leg pain usually subsides, but some chronic low back pain is common. The best thing most people can do is ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Stenosis is narrowing of the channel in the spinal where the nerves are. It may be silent or it may cause leg symptoms (ache, pain, numbness, tingling... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Spinal nerve pain: The nerves to your arms and legs connect to the spinal cord. When one is irritated (for example by a disk rupture), the person may experience pain, nu... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Raise heart rate: Aerobic exercise raises your heart rate. Brisk walking, jogging, running, cycling (regular bicycle or stationary cycle), swimming, water exercise, wat... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Perhaps spinal cord: You may be describing l'hermitte's sign (named for a neurologist). It is a shock running from the neck into the rest of the body. It can be seen in mu... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Limited: It is a form of traction using a machine to pull on the spine, somewhat like pulling on two ends of a rope. It can give temporary relief of neck, back... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
See a doctor: Start with your primary doctor. If you do not have one, get one or see a rheumatologist (medical specialist that cares for rheumatoid arthritis).
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
No: Strong scientific evidence is lacking.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Slippage: One bone slips forward on top of the one underneath it. Sometimes it is silent (no symptoms) so no treatment is necessary. Many people with it have pa... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Many places: Most medium size and large cities have spinal specialists that can either perform the surgery (if it is necessary) or help find someone who can. Also ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
About 3 months: It takes about 3 months to heal, though total healing may take 6 months or more. It is a process. Smoking, some drugs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Injection of dye: A long needle is placed sterilely into the middle of the disk to be tested. X-ray dye is injected and the person reports whatever they feel (if anythi... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
It varies: It does vary from person to person. If the discomfort is mild, you can use simple over the counter medications (unless your doctor told you not to), ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
No: Convulsions (seizures) come from brain problems.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Several ways: You might see more deformity. If you bend over (like touching your toes), a family member or friend can look at the surface of your spine and look at ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
It changes things: Taking away movement at one level (or more) shifts the burden to the neighboring levels (disks and joints). Depending on your genes, they may have bee... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: One common type occurs in adolescents.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
The opposite side: Ipsilateral means the same side, and contralateral means the opposite side. So if your symptom is in your right leg, the left leg is contralateral. Yo... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: If it is small or not causing nerve pressure or leading to weakness of the spinal column it can be observed. If it is causing such problems, it is rem... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Try low impact: Reducing calories can produce weight loss, but exercise makes it a bit easier. Exercise that does not "jar" or load the back will usually be more comf... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: If the pain goes down the back side of the leg below the knee (to leg or foot), or the front part of the thigh, you may have irritation of one of the ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: No treatment works 100% of the time, but strengthening the back and tummy (abdominal) muscles is helpful for many people with back problems.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Sorry!: At this time, nothing will reverse these processes. Some of this is genetic and some is aging. Your best approach is to stay active, exercise regularl... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Protect the spine: Emergency medical technicians (emt) are trained to protect the spine by mininimizing movement (using a neck collar and a back board). This decreases m... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dec 14, 2012
Excellent answers and very timely. Great doctor to follow. Ron (oral surgeon, orlando)
Jan 17, 2014
Impressive education, training, and experience. What to look for in a spine surgeon.
Mar 4, 2013
Impressive credentials, caring, what else is there?
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you so much for getting back to me, she has been taking pain medication, over the counter to try and help the pain, it's not working
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! I was told that I could eventually become paralyzed by this. Thank you for the help, I do have severe pain and numbness down my right side.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! good to know that low back pain is related to tingling sensation of the right side of face and shoulder, thanks doc

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1981MD

Residency

DUKE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

AOA North American Travelling Fellow 1988
American Orthopaedic Association
Top Orthopedic Surgeon , First Place, Texas - Winter
2013
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