25 June 2017
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Degenerative Disc Repair Using Stem Cells

In a paper published last month Ghosh, et al, described success in using mesenchymal precursor cells to treat disc degeneration in sheep.The stem cells for disc repair were injected in combination with hyaluronic acid in either a low or high dose into discs that had, some three months earlier, been deliberately damaged through injection of […]


10 March 2015
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More than $2 Billion Annual Cost of Lumbar Fusion Surgery in Florida in 2010

The cost of back surgery in the US has grown exponentially in the last few years, largely because of the sheer number of patients undergoing procedures to address lumbar spine problems. This is despite the fact that many of these procedures haven’t had their efficacy confirmed and are high-risk, and that there are less radical […]


3 March 2015
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Are You Overestimating the Benefits of Back Surgery?

Being optimistic about back surgery can help with recovery, but overestimating the benefits of back surgery could leave you disappointed and more liable to give up on healthy habits. According to a new report published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, misperceptions about the possible benefits of back surgery and other medical interventions could increase healthcare […]


24 February 2015
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Spine Surgery Consultation Questions to Expect: Medical, Personal and Family History

Anyone who is discussing the potential for spine surgery with a specialist should expect to be asked certain questions alongside the basics such as name, age, address, and insurer. While things like marital status, religion, race or ethnicity might seem irrelevant and invasive, these can all give your specialist valuable information regarding your support network, […]


17 February 2015
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Getting Ready to Meet a Spine Specialist

It can be weeks, months or even years before a person with back pain finally ends up seeing a spine specialist. By that time, the anxiety, stress, and pain of waiting for a diagnosis and for relief can be overwhelming, meaning that patients are too intimidated by their spine surgeon of physician to ask the […]


10 February 2015
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The Top 10 Children’s Hospitals for Orthopedics

Back surgery might seem to be a uniquely adult concern, given the wear and tear on our spines throughout life, but many children also undergo spine surgery each year to correct congenital defects and to treat infections, fractures, and other injuries. In a recent US News survey of children’s hospitals, the top ranking clinic was, […]


3 February 2015
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Top 10 US Hospitals for Orthopedics

According to a US News World Report, the top US hospital for orthopedics is New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery. With a perfect score of 100, this hospital boasts 170 specialists in orthopedics, 203 patient beds and a perfect score for survival and patient safety. The others on the list of top 10 children’s hospitals […]


29 January 2015
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Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty – Two Common Less Invasive Procedures

Two of the most common newer minimally invasive spine procedures are vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, both of which are used for treating osteoporotic vertebral body fractures and vertebrae affected by metastatic cancer. Unsurprisingly, many people first hear of these terms when back pain and other symptoms of spinal compression or fracture bring them to the office […]


22 January 2015
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The Three Most Common Back Surgeries

The three most common types of back surgery are laminectomy, spinal fusion, and discectomy, which address issues such as pinched nerves, spinal cord compression, and back pain or radiating pain caused by a ruptured disc, loss of vertebral height, abnormal spinal curvature and thickening of the spinal ligaments. These types of routine back surgery are […]


12 January 2015
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Top 10 Orthopedic Surgeons in United States

Patient review sites can offer great insight into the competence and compassion of medical professionals, including spine surgeons (who have something of a reputation for being aloof). RateMDs.com maintains top ten lists for surgeons in various specialties across several countries, with a continually updated list of the top 10 orthopedic surgeons in the US.