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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery (Overview)

An orthopedic surgeon who further specializes in the field of spine surgery.


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How will orthopedic spine surgery change over the next?20 years?

How will orthopedic spine surgery change over the next?20 years?

Vastly: There is tremendous variability in opinion between spine surgeons. The frequency of spine surgery has increased several fold in the past decade without significant improvement in outcomes. For a major surgical procedure such as spine surgery, the criteria will need to be better standardized and the value clearly defined, with today's increasing emphasis on value based purchasing of healthcare. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
325 doctors shared insights

Orthopedic Spine Surgery (Overview)

An orthopedic surgeon who further specializes in the field of spine surgery.


Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
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Orthopedic spine surgery (Tip)

Surgery may be the best remedy for you but rehab is key. ...See more

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Living with Spine Curvature (Checklist)

stretch the spine
daily
Low impact aerobics excercise
every other day
Take NSAIDS/Relaxants as needed
once
Maintain idealbody weight
daily
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What is the statute of limitations regarding "botched" spine orthopedic surgery?

Let me explian: The statute of limitations regarding any surgery is two years from the start of the treatment, unless the patient is a child that goes until the child is 18 years old.Thanks. ...Read more

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How risky is minimally invasive spine surgery?

How risky is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Depends: It depends on exactly what is being done, your surgeon's experience and training, your size and medical condition, the type of condition being treated. All surgery has risks. Mis can reduce some risks, but may increase other. Have a frank discussion with the surgeon recommending the procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Orthopedic spine surgery (Tip)

The key to healing, from a major surgery, is great nutrition. ...See more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
Daily
Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
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Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
Once
Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
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After spine surgery is there a chance of being in pain?

After spine surgery is there a chance of being in pain?

Yes: There will be pain from the surgery itself. Depending on the extent of the procedure this pain can last for days to a few months. Spine pain is not the best clinical indication for surgery. Many who proceed with surgery for back pain only may see some improvement in their pain, but should not expect complete resolution. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: spine surgery?

What is the definition or description of: spine surgery?

Spine surgery: This is surgery to treat disorders of the spine. It may be a discectomy, laminectomy, or fusion. Fusion surgery usually means using special plates and screws whic typically stay in permanently. Many of these procedures can be performed using minimally invasive techniques. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi Dr. Niazi
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Orthopedic spine surgery (Tip)

Move it, move it - post surgery/injury. Best outcome. ...See more

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How safe is laser spine surgery?

How safe is laser spine surgery?

Why: Laser spine surgery carries with it the same dangers as conventional spine surgery. The real question is are there advantages of laser spine surgery over conventional spine surgery. According to a paper by the mayo clinic laser spine surgery does not provide any advantage over conventional spine surgery. There are no independent studies that have confirmed the benefits of the laser spine surgery over conventional spine surgery. Additionally there in the next the tremendous expense of laser spine surgery that cost approximately 2 to 3 times that of conventional. ...Read more

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Should I go skydiving after spine surgery?

Should I go skydiving after spine surgery?

Maybe: It depends a lot on what surgery you have and how badly you want to jump. The problem is in landing can cause a lot of impact on the spine. If you have a healed spine after surgery and it is very stable, it should be ok. However, the more often you put impacts on the spine, the more it will be prone to further problems down the road. ...Read more

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Dr. Boris Aronzon Dr. Aronzon
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Orthopedic spine surgery (Tip)

Pre- surgery physical therapy sometimes helps with faster recovery. ...See more

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What is the safety and efficacy of laser spine surgery?

What is the safety and efficacy of laser spine surgery?

Nothing new about it: The use of lasers for spine surgery have been around for years. These devices are used mainly to burn and destroy tissue or nerves in attempts to manage pain. There are places throughout the country that advertise this new state of the art technology. Not much new about it. Not any riskier than traditional spine surgery. Not sure it is more effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Long Dr. Long
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Orthopedic spine surgery (Tip)

Be aware that there are specialists in all areas these days. This applies to rehabilitation from surgery or injuries as well. I would advise you to seek out the experts and then let their advice become your routine. Time and space separate you from whatever initiated the damage. Focus on what you have and then go from there. Some of us will pass through life without splitting a toenail. Most of the rest of us are not so lucky. ...See more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the endoscopic laser spine surgery?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the endoscopic laser spine surgery?

Less invasive: Pro: less invasive (small incision, less tissue disturbance), maybe faster recovery (hard to prove) con: more x-ray exposure, fewer surgeons competent in technique, may or may not prove more effective than conventional surgery both it and conventional share surgical risks: infection, bleeding, continued symptoms, relapse, nerve or blood vessel problems, etc. ...Read more

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Why do I need to quit smoking before having spine surgery?

Why do I need to quit smoking before having spine surgery?

Better recovery: Smoking slows wound healing and bone healing in fusion patients. Because the majority of spine surgery is elective, it is advisable to do everything reasonably possible in order to maximize the chance of a successful outcome prior to proceeding. ...Read more

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Dr. David Brouwer Dr. Brouwer
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Orthopedic spine surgery (Tip)

When can pt start after surgery/injury? How many weeks are helpful? Does pt fax progress note to doc. ...See more

Dr. Edward Hellman
236 doctors shared insights

Spine Surgery (Definition)

This is surgery to treat disorders of the spine. It may be a discectomy, laminectomy, or fusion. Fusion surgery usually means using special plates and screws whic typically stay in permanently. Many of these procedures can be performed ...Read more


Back Surgery (Definition)

Any surg that enters the muscles & beyond. Usually means involving work on the bone structurs disks r considered back surgery. They include a multitude of procedures. 2 ...Read more