Category Archives: Spine Surgery

How to Help a Spouse Following Back Surgery

If your spouse is planning to have spine surgery, even if it will be an outpatient procedure, you’ll need to accept some added responsibility during your significant other’s healing and recovery process. Taking on this extra burden sometimes strains relationships, but it doesn’t have to if you have a better understanding of what you can […]

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Why Traveling for Spinal Surgery May Be the Best Option

The choice to have spinal surgery can be difficult, but it’s not the only major decision you need to make. Once you and your doctor have determined surgery is your best bet for relief, the next step is deciding where you’ll have your procedure performed, and it might not be at your nearest medical facility. In […]

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5 Ways to Twist & Bend Properly Following Spine Surgery

Most people aren’t aware of how much they bend and twist throughout a typical day. If you’ve recently had spine surgery, you’ll need to be especially mindful of these movements. Not doing so could result in reinjury, delayed healing, the misplacement of spinal hardware, or the development of entirely new spine-related problems. While every situation […]

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Diagnosis & Treatment of Spinal Neurofibromas

In general, spinal tumors are considered rare, since abnormal growths often form elsewhere and spread to the spine. When irregular tissues do develop in the spine, they’re not always cancerous. This is true of neurofibromas. These small benign tumors develop within the motor and sensory nerves (peripheral nerves) of the spine. Some of these abnormal […]

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A Brief History of Spine Surgery

Spine-related problems have existed since the beginning of civilization. The earliest reference to attempts at fixing spine issues dates back to the days of ancient Egypt. Over the years, prominent figures such as John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, and Peyton Manning have all benefited from spine surgery. To give you an idea of how […]

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When Is Surgery for a Herniated Disc Necessary?

Simply having a herniated disc doesn’t mean surgery is in your immediate future. In fact, the standard treatment when inner disc material presses outward and irritates nerves is a combination of medication and physical therapy. However, you may be wondering if there’s a way to know if you need to have surgery for a herniated […]

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Is It Safe to Have Robotic Back Surgery?

At one time, robotic surgery was nothing more than something out of a science fiction story. It then became something that was only available to select patients because there were only certain places where robotic techniques could be used to perform spinal surgery. Today, it’s becoming more accessible to patients in need of various procedures […]

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What to Expect if You’re Having Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

If you’ve been experiencing back or neck pain that’s not responding well to conservative treatments, you’ve probably had some discussions with your doctor or a spine specialist about surgery. Odds are good that such talks have included a mention of minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS), which is an increasingly common way to perform many decompression […]

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