• How Smaller Incisions Are Changing Spine Surgery Recovery

    Minimally invasive surgery is the method of choice for spine surgeons. With minimally invasive techniques, the spine surgeon creates a series of smaller incisions instead of one very large incision. Then, he or she can insert tiny, specialized instruments to perform the procedure. There are a number of benefits patients can enjoy with minimally invasive […]

  • Can Scoliosis Be Prevented?

    Patients with scoliosis have abnormal curvatures of the spine. These abnormal curvatures typically appear in adolescence, although some older adults develop different forms of scoliosis. Unfortunately, it is not currently possible to prevent scoliosis from occurring. Instead, spine surgeons focus on preventing the condition from growing progressively worse. They also emphasize the prevention of complications […]

  • Comparing Scoliosis in Children and Adults

    The spine naturally curves inward and outward. However, in some patients, the spine also curves from side to side. This condition is known as scoliosis . The degree of scoliosis can vary considerably from patient to patient. For some patients, scoliosis may be little more than a minor nuisance. Others might require spinal fusion surgery […]

  • A Look at Kyphoplasty Procedures

    Kyphoplasty is a type of minimally invasive surgery that can be performed on a fractured vertebral body. Usually, spine surgeons will recommend conservative treatment first, such as rest and pain medications. If the patient still experiences symptoms, then the surgeon may use a balloon tamp device to inflate the fractured vertebral body. Once it is […]

  • Preparing for Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Minimally invasive surgery is associated with a reduced risk of complications and a faster recovery time than conventional open surgery. However, it’s still necessary to follow your spine surgeon’s pre- and post-operative instructions carefully. When you meet with the spine surgeon , you may be asked to undergo a physical exam and have some imaging […]