A Surgeon's Perspective
February 15, 2012

Is Pregnancy Causing My Low Back Pain or Is It Something Else?

I'm a 29-year-old woman in my second trimester with my first child. I've had low back pain for several years, and I've never actually received a diagnosis. What could be wrong with me, and how do I make my back pain go away? I'm worried about my health and the health of my baby.

January 05, 2012

Weight Loss to Treat Herniated Disc Pain

Will I Need Surgery If I Lose Weight?

I'm overweight, and I've had severe back pain caused by a herniated disc. I'm a 33-year-old woman with the rest of my life ahead of me, and I don't want to resort to surgery just yet.

January 12, 2011

Spinal Stenosis Surgery

Are Spinal Implants Right for Me?

There are many surgery options for spinal stenosis, but one of the most common options is spinal implants (eg, X-STOP). Learn how these implants, typically made of titanium alloy, can help relieve pressure on your spinal nerves and reduce your back pain.

December 10, 2010

Spondylosis Prevention

Spondylosis, also known as spinal osteoarthritis, can be hereditary. But just because your parents have it doesn’t mean you will, too. Learn a few simple things you can do to help improve the health of your spine and possibly prevent spondylosis.

July 23, 2010

The Different Types of Spine Surgeons

Should a Neurosurgeon or Orthopaedic Surgeon Perform Your Spine Surgery?

Read this article to learn the differences between neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons. Both can perform spine surgery, but they traditionally specialize in different areas.

April 26, 2010

What Should I Expect after Spine Surgery?

There Are No Usual Expectations

This article addresses a patient's concern about spine surgery recovery. Unfortunately, there are no usual outcomes when it comes to spine surgery. Each patient is unique, but there are factors that may help your chances of a successful recovery.

December 09, 2009

How Do You Treat Drop Foot?

Drop foot is a nerve and muscle disorder that prevents you from lifting the front of your foot. The nerve compression that leads to foot drop is typically caused by a herniated disc, and most herniated discs do not require surgery.

December 09, 2009

Lumbar Spine Cysts

Is Surgery the Only Option?

There are many kinds of cysts that occur near the lumbar spine: synovial, ganglion, Tarlov, arachnoid, intradiscal, and sebaceous. The causes and treatments for each are different. This Ask the Expert explores the treatment options for each type.

August 04, 2009

I Have a Spinal Fracture—Is Rest Enough?

When to Seek Further Treatment

You may think bracing and rest are enough to fully heal your injury, but spinal fractures warrant a visit to a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine specialist. Even with a brace, these fractures can progress and cause further damage.

April 03, 2009

The Pros and Cons of Spinal Fusion Surgery

If you are having surgery to treat your back and/or neck pain, you will most likely have decompression surgery. But in some cases, a fusion is also necessary. Having both surgeries presents advantages and drawbacks, and mobility issues also arise.