Spine Surgery Advice
October 10, 2016

A Closer Analysis Part 2: NFL Defensive MVP J.J. Watt Re-injures Spine after Returning to the Field Following Microdiscectomy Surgery

Expectations vs. Reality in Spine Surgery Recovery

After undergoing microdiscectomy surgery to repair a herniated disc in July of 2016, JJ Watt suffered a season-ending setback when he reinjured his back last month after playing just three games to

August 28, 2016

A Closer Analysis: NFL Defensive MVP J.J. Watt Undergoes Microdiscectomy Surgery to Repair Herniated Disc

As NFL star JJ Watt, recovers from surgery to repair a herniated disc, a spine specialist explains what's involved in this minimally invasive procedure for a common back problem.

August 01, 2016

Spine Surgery Recovery - The Benefits of Hydrotherapy

I had a follow-up appointment with a patient recently, who is convinced that part of the reason her spine surgery recovery progressed more quickly than she anticipated is that I added aquatic or hydrotherapy to her physical therapy regimen.

July 01, 2016

What we Can Learn from a Pro Athlete's Journey to Neck Surgery

MLB third baseman David Wright undergoes surgery for herniated cervical disc

In light of the recent news that New York Mets' third baseman David Wright elected to undergo neck surgery to repair a herniated disc, there has been a buzzing discussion on the impact of such a decision on Wright himself, the team, and the season.

June 08, 2016

My Commencement Speech to Future Spine Surgeons

To make it as a spine surgeon, you must have a true passion for this field of medicine. It is a great field, but it isn’t enough to just be good at it. You must love it.

April 25, 2016

Osteoporosis and Rising Fracture Rates

Prevention is Key

A recent study published in the journal Bone indicates that bone fracture rates are likely to increase in the coming decades.

January 05, 2016

Advancing the Field of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery through Research

The study’s conclusion suggests that a patient’s ODI (functional ability) and VAS (pain level) before surgery is a significant factor in their final outcome with circumferential minimally invasive spine surgery techniques.

November 16, 2015

What is Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Surgery?

Surgeons around the world are performing deformity correction surgery using minimally invasive principles that result in resolution of the condition, less operative risks, fewer complications and faster healing.

September 25, 2015

Your Spine Surgeon Works FOR YOU!

What should patients know about their role in the spine surgery process?

When it comes to spine surgery (or any type of medical procedure) it is the patient that has the power and a voice that needs hearing. The idea that the surgeon holds all of the decision-making cards is a relatively common assumption, and one that simply isn't true for most of us.

August 29, 2015

Opportunities and Challenges in Bringing Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery International

Neel Anand, MD talks about a recent opportunity with a major spine industry publication to discuss taking minimally invasive spine surgery to the international community. While much focus of the article appears to discuss the economics and logistics of such a huge endeavor, the human element of the surgeons and their patients, including success opportunities and barriers, is perhaps the biggest part of the story.