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  • In a study, 20% of patients showed signs of PTSD one year after spinal fusion surgery. Can talking to your doctor before surgery help, or is there a better way?

  • Treating Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
    May 8, 2018 | Articles

    Despite the name, failed back surgery syndrome is not so much a syndrome but is a general term that refers to an unsuccessful back surgery that brings along chronic back pain instead of relief.

  • Dr. Francis Gamache Jr., MD, of the Hospital for Special Surgery conducted a 14-month study involving 240 patients with neck and back conditions seeking a second opinion on a spine problem that may require surgery. Of that number, “155 (65 percent) came for a second, third, or fourth surgical opinion following an earlier opinion from a surgeon who recommended an operation.” If you’re unclear as to what constitutes a second opinion, learn what they are and how to as for them in order to make an informed health decision before spine surgery.

  • Each year, approximately 34,000 patients suffering from chronic back pain receive spinal stimulator implants. Now, new technology makes it possible for those suffering from back and spine problems to use an implanted stimulation device to manage their pain.

  • To assess the longevity, effectiveness, and safety of artificial disc replacement (ADR), a team of authors conducted a meta-analysis of the available randomized controlled trials with published five year outcomes comparing ADR to spinal fusion. The patients were those diagnosed with chronic lower back pain from single-level lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). Here's what you need to know.

  • To treat degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and other disc issues, physicians ordinarily start with a traditional approach. But, when conventional routes fail to relieve your constant pain, other more innovative approaches, may play a pivotal role in accelerated recovery. So let's find out which therapy prevails —spinal fusion vs. artificial disc replacement (ADR).

  • What You Can Expect: Bone Density Scan
    November 25, 2017 | Articles

    A bone mineral density scan presents a way for your physician to measure the amount of mineral content of your bones usually in preparation for an operation such as artificial disc replacement (ADR). So if your doctor or specialist request a bone density scan, this is what you need to know.

  • Which Back Surgery Option is Right for You?
    October 2, 2017 | Articles

    Are you wondering which surgery is right for you? Backers, look no further. We accumulated a comprehensive list of the six most utilized surgeries for your back or spine condition.

  • Experts recommend pre-surgical mental health screenings for back surgery patients. Find out which mental health condition would disqualify you from back surgery and what is the determining factor is in who gets back surgery and who doesn't?

  • Learn as much as you can about back surgery ahead of time. The more you know, the better the choice you’ll make in finding out if back surgery is right for you.