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Dr. Douglas Slaughter

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Albuquerque, NM
28 years experience male

Locations

Land of Enchantement Spine Surgery

Albuquerque, NM

Address

3620 Bosque Plaza Lane NW, suite B, Albuquerque, NM
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(877) 296-3211

Insurances accepted

BCS Insurance Company

Aetna

Presbyterian Health Plan

UnitedHealthcare

Humana Insurance Company

About

Bio

Hello, my name is Douglas Slaughter M.D. I am a practicing orthopaedic spine surgeon. I have been practicing spinal surgery since 2000. I have special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery as well as spinal surgery for conditions like adult scoliosis and kyphosis. As an undergraduate I majored in mechanical engineering and biochemistry. Therefore, spinal reconstruction is an extension of my mechanical engineering training with of course a medical focus. My interest in minimally invasive spinal surgery is an extension of the orthopaedic training I received as a resident. I think patients do much better when function can be restored with as minimal impact on our daily lives as possible. Arthroscopy returns patients to function with minimal impact on their function for the most part. In spine surgery, we use the scope in some areas but small incisions are the mainstay of minimally invasive spine surgery. I have functioned as faculty of many courses in which I taught other surgeons the techniques of minimally invasive spine surgery. I am consistently in pursuit of improved techniques to improve pain after surgery and overall patient outcomes.

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Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Licenses

United States: New Jersey

Doctor Q&A

14 Answers
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Slaughter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
Sleepiness, dizzines: Baclofen is a muscle relaxant that works in the brain to decrease muscle tone. Therefore it commonly causes sleepiness, dizziness, weakness, confusio... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Slaughter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
See your doc: The low back is not related to the right arm. The arm is most likely a disk herniation at C5-6 and or C6-7 on the right. It can be treated with trac... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Slaughter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
Ignore: Spinal Curvature can be managed like most spine issues. Stay fit and maintain weight/ core.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Slaughter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
Malalignment: Degeneration of the spine occurs typically with some disk dehydration followed by facet joint enlargement (hypertrophy). In some patients this will l... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Slaughter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
None: The "normal" cervical spine has some backward curvature or lordosis. However, it is a fact that some persons normal radiographic profile does not hav... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Slaughter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
70 degrees minimum: Typically surgeons will send patients for postural training prior to any contemplation of surgical intervention. The indications for surgery are a cu... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Slaughter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
Arthritis in spine: When I see this report from a radiologist it means that the person has some degeneration of the spine. The spine wears out in a well described manner... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Slaughter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
Yes it can and does.: Cervical spinal stenosis can affect all function of the spinal cord from the neck down. Imagine that you have a mild form of paralysis. That is what... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Slaughter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
Seek treatment: If you have had what sounds like mechanical back pain for 10 years, you should be seeking treatment from a professional. This can include physical th... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Slaughter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
NSAID and position: This sounds like irritation to a nerve coming out of your neck. This can occur from a herniated disk or a bone spur. I suggest you take Ibuprofen at... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Slaughter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
Exercise regularly: For persons with chronic , greater that 3 months of continuous pain, a muscle strengthening and stretching program can help decrease symptoms. In add... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Slaughter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
Arthritis: The spine has disks and facet joints at each level. The disks in the front of the spine begin to wear initially. This is followed by loss of height ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Slaughter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
DO physicians: Spinal manipulation should only be performed by those trained in the techniques. This will limit your search to chiropractors, Osteopathic physicians... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Slaughter
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
Most pain resolves: The majority of back pain improves over time. You describe a fall which has most likely resulted in a contusion. Over the counter medication like Motr... Read More
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Testimonials
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Slaughter is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you very much. I will call her tomorrow.
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Your answer made me feel good! Thanks :) thanks I was in a panic mode
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This checklist was very helpful! Thanks :)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, OH
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

MARICOPA MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 2000
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