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About Dr. Paul Saiz

Dr. Paul Saiz Las Cruces

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|

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

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 […]

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

What Does a Physician Assistant (PA) Do?

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, […]

By |September 4th, 2015|Physician Assistants|

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|

Is Spine Fusion Bad?

Simply put, a spine fusion is where the body attempts to grow new bone in an area that had no prior bone. Surgeons typically perform […]

By |September 4th, 2015|Fusion, Surgery|