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Why Do Complications Happen?

Once a back or neck surgery decision is made; a consent form is signed detailing risks and benefits of surgery. Typical benefits from surgery include […]

By |September 8th, 2015|Back Pain, Neck Pain, Obesity, Smokers, Surgery|

What is Spine Surgery?

When describing surgical options to patients, I often divide procedures into 2 basic concepts. “Unpinch what is pinched” vs “Stop moving parts that hurt from […]

By |September 8th, 2015|Back Pain, Fusion, Laminectomy, Laminotomy, Neck Pain, Surgery|

Treating Spinal Pain: Fusion vs. Disc Replacement

Traditionally, neck, lower back or spinal pain that cannot be alleviated by aggressive, non-surgical treatment has been treated by spinal fusion. Although there are a […]

By |September 8th, 2015|Back Pain, Disc Replacement, Fusion, Neck Pain|

The Issues with Morbid Obesity and Spine Surgery

There are several factors to consider with morbid obesity and spine surgery. Besides facing complications from spine surgery, patients who are morbidly obese often have […]

By |September 8th, 2015|Back Pain, Obesity, Surgery|

SI Joint Pain and Fusion Surgery

Sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion surgery is a surgical procedure that improves stabilization and treats SI pain by fusing the spine and the pelvis, or iliac […]

By |September 8th, 2015|Back Pain, Fusion, Joint, Leg Pain, Sacroiliac Joint, Surgery|

Sacro-iliac Pain

During my training (residency and fellowships), the sacro-iliac joint (SI joint) and sacro-iliac pain was rarely addressed. This complicated piece of anatomy is responsible for […]

By |September 8th, 2015|Back Pain, Leg Pain, Sacroiliac Joint, Surgery|

Morbid Obesity: Does it Increase Problems with Surgery?

As surgeons, we always attempt to provide as much information as possible to our patients ahead of surgery. Obesity has always been thought of as […]

By |September 4th, 2015|Back Pain, Surgery|

Dealing with a Spinal Tumor

A spinal tumor, which can be either cancerous or benign, typically spread to the spinal bones or spinal canal, leading to pain, neurological problems, and […]

By |September 4th, 2015|Back Pain, Spinal Tumors, Surgery|

What about Laser Spine?

Sometimes during my patient consultations, I receive the question “What about Laser Spine?” Having practiced in Phoenix, AZ and currently living in Las Cruces, NM, […]

By |August 4th, 2015|Back Pain, Laser Surgery, Surgery|

Revision Spine Surgery

Spine surgery, such as decompression and fusion, are common procedures that change the biomechanics of the spine. In some people, this can lead to changes […]

By |February 16th, 2015|Back Pain, Surgery|