• A Quick Overview of Anterior Versus Posterior Approaches

    There are many different types and approaches of spinal surgeries. During the spine surgery planning process, the surgeon will assess imaging scans of the patient to determine the best approach to take. As you might expect, spine surgery can be performed by making an incision in the back. This allows spine surgeons to do a […]

  • Tips on Recovering from Spine Surgery

    Spine surgery is often effective for resolving painful back problems and improving quality of life. However, the recovery can be a concern for patients who are considering undergoing spine surgery. There are some steps you can take to support the healing process. You can hear about them by watching this interview with a registered nurse. […]

  • Common Questions About Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

    Spine doctors generally prefer that patients recover through conservative or nonsurgical treatment methods. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. If your doctor has told you that you might need spine surgery, you should become fully informed about the procedure before moving forward with it. Depending on your unique circumstances, you may be a good candidate for […]

  • A Closer Look at Wearing and Caring for Your Back Brace

    Minimally invasive surgery isn’t always the best choice for patients with scoliosis . Many patients with mild degrees of abnormal spine curvatures may only need to wear a custom-fitted back brace while their bodies are still growing. Compliance is important to get the most benefit out of your back brace. Before leaving your fitting appointment, […]

  • Is Your Child Complying with Scoliosis Treatment?

    Young people with scoliosis frequently have to wear back braces to ease the curvature of the spine, but despite the benefits of this kind of treatment, many patients are hesitant to comply. Wearing a brace can make children with scoliosis worried about everything from acceptance from their peers to how a brace will affect their […]

  • Do You Suffer from Sciatica?

    Sciatica is one of the most common spine problems encountered by doctors. Patients with sciatica complain of pain that begins in their lower backs and radiates through the buttocks and down the back of the leg. Although in some cases it can be treated conservatively with rest and exercise, minimally invasive surgery is recommended in […]

  • A Patient’s Guide to Kyphoplasty Surgery

    Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery performed to treat compression fractures in the spine. These fractures often occur as the result of osteoporosis but are also associated with spinal tumors and traumatic injuries. Kyphoplasty is performed to ease back pain caused by compression fractures and to stabilize the bones affected by the fractures. The procedure […]

  • Common Issues Teens Have with Back Braces

    Wearing a back brace is a helpful way of treating scoliosis in teens, but it can also cause several concerns for young patients. Fortunately, with the help of a spine doctor and parental support, teens with scoliosis can overcome their worries about wearing a back brace and get the treatment they need. Here are some […]

  • Types of Bone Grafts

    If you plan on undergoing spinal fusion, such as a lateral thoracic fusion, your spine surgeon will use bone graft material to facilitate the fusion of bone. Talk to your spine surgeon about your bone graft options, which may include an autograft. This is a commonly used type of bone graft that involves taking bone […]

  • What Is a Laminectomy?

    If you have spinal stenosis, you may experience back pain if pressure is being exerted on your spinal cord. To solve this problem, your spine doctor might recommend a surgery known as a laminectomy. The lamina is the bony covering on the back of the vertebra. It covers the spinal canal. During a laminectomy, your […]