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Will Spinal Surgery Change with 3D Printed Implants?

With the advancement of technology, 3D printed medical implants are increasingly more common. These individually printed implants are in use in joint reconstruction and now […]

By |December 29th, 2016|Back Pain, Disc Replacement, Fusion, Surgery, Tantalum|

Neuromonitoring – What is it and Why Does it Matter?

Prior to all spine surgeries, a technician will introduce themselves to my patients and say “Hi, I’m here to monitor your nerves.” Recently, a patient […]

By |April 28th, 2016|Surgery|

Spine Surgery and Sports

Spine Surgery and Sports
When people hear the words “Spine Surgery” or “Spine Fusion”- listeners automatically think of people paralyzed or unable to walk. Unfortunately, this […]

By |February 26th, 2016|Back Pain, Sports, Surgery|

SI Fusion: Arthrodesis vs. Skeletal Fixation

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 […]

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|

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|