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2 10, 2015

SI Fusion: Arthrodesis vs. Skeletal Fixation

By |October 2nd, 2015|Back Pain, Bone Grafts, Featured Articles, Fusion, Sacroiliac Joint, Spineline Publication, Surgery|

The following is Dr. Paul Saiz’s article: SI Fusion: Arthrodesis vs. Skeletal Fixation, which was published in the 2015 September/October publication of Spineline.

Sacroiliac pathology has […]

8 09, 2015

Why Do Complications Happen?

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

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 […]

8 09, 2015

What is Spine Surgery?

By |September 8th, 2015|Back Pain, Fusion, Laminectomy, Laminotomy, Neck Pain, 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 […]

8 09, 2015

Treating Spinal Pain: Fusion vs. Disc Replacement

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

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 […]

8 09, 2015

The Issues with Morbid Obesity and Spine Surgery

By |September 8th, 2015|Back Pain, Obesity, 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 […]

8 09, 2015

Smokers May Have Higher Incidence of Swallowing Issues After Anterior Neck Surgery Than Non-Smokers

By |September 8th, 2015|Dysphagia, Smokers, Surgery|

Cervical fusions typically involve approaching the neck from the front. This approach includes mobilization of the esophagus and trachea which always involves some amount of […]

8 09, 2015

SI Joint Pain and Fusion Surgery

By |September 8th, 2015|Back Pain, Fusion, Joint, Leg Pain, Sacroiliac Joint, 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 […]

8 09, 2015

Sacro-iliac Pain

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

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 […]

4 09, 2015

What Does a Physician Assistant (PA) Do?

By |September 4th, 2015|Physician Assistants|

A common question I often hear, “What role does your physician assistant serve?” Physician Assistants are vital members of the health care team. Like Physicians, […]

4 09, 2015

Morbid Obesity: Does it Increase Problems with Surgery?

By |September 4th, 2015|Back Pain, 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 […]