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Stewart G. Eidelson, MD
SpineUniverse Founder, Orthopaedic Surgeon
South Palm Orthospine Institute
Boca Raton, FL
Dr. Eidelson is a member of the SpineUniverse Editorial Board.

About Stewart G. Eidelson, MD

Dr. Stewart Eidelson is a fellowship-trained and board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon with private offices in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, and Delray Beach, FL.

At Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Eidelson received a medical degree. He completed an internship at New York Medical College at Metropolitan Hospital in New York, NY, and an orthopaedic residency at the United States Public Health Service on Staten Island. Dr. Eidelson completed surgical residencies at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, and the Alfred I. DuPont Institute in Wilmington, DE. Under the direction of Dr. Arthur Stefee, Dr. Eidelson completed spine fellowship training at the Cleveland Spine and Arthritis Center in Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Eidelson has performed more than 3,000 spine surgeries utilizing the most advanced technologies. He is keenly interested in minimally invasive procedures to remedy disc disorders and treats complex spinal stenosis. Dr. Eidelson's primary area of interest is spinal stenosis and outcome studies related to elderly patients who undergo spine surgery. This interest led him to found the Palm Beach Orthopaedic and Spinal Research Foundation located in Boca Raton, FL.

In addition, Dr. Eidelson views patient education as intrinsic to his medical practice. He has demonstrated his devotion to patient education by founding SpineUniverse.com, an award-winning website that is the most visited spine site on the Internet. To support his patient education publishing projects, he established SYA Press and Research. Through SYA Press and Research, he has published several books for the layman, including Save Your Aching Back and Neck and  Advanced Technologies to Treat Neck and Back Pain, A Patient's Guide.

A prolific author, Dr. Eidelson has published and presented his research in peer-reviewed journals and at society meetings. In addition, Dr. Eidelson is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, International Association for the Study of Pain, and North American Spine Society.

Publications

Publications & Presentations

1. Eidelson SG, Whitfield G, Lazar AM, Shults RJ, Cohn J. Scoliosis-Cardiopulmonary Complications. Hospital Physician. December 1979, pp. 32-37.

2. Eidelson SG. The Prophylactic Use of Ender's Pins Prior to Removal of a Femoral Tumor - A Case Report. 1979.

3. Eidelson SG. A Review of Treatment of CDH With a Minimum of Fifteen Years Follow-Up. A Retrospective presented at the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, 1988.

4. Eidelson SG, Pizzutillo PD. Persistent Femoral Anteversion and Knee Pain. 1989.

5. Eidelson SG, Keppler L, Cochran J, Biscup R, Steffee A. Closing Wedge Osteotomy for the Reduction of Thoracolumbar Kyphosis. 1991.

6. Eidelson SG The Functional Recovery of Elderly Patients Undergoing Lumbar Spinal Decompression With and Without Pedicle Fixation. Florida Orthopaedic Society, October 1994.

7. Brown LE, Findlay BW, Whitehurst M, Eidelson SG, Gilbert R, Ferrigno V, Groo DR, Ward JA. Relationship Between the Shoulder Rotation Power Velocity Curve and Service Velocity in College Tennis Players. USTA National Conference on Sports Medicine and Science in Tennis, Key Biscayne, Florida. April 26-30, 1995.

8. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Whitehurst M. Functional Outcome Following Corrective Spine Surgery in the Elderly . Second International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, Curacao, Netherlands, Antilles. April 26-29, 1995.

9. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Whitehurst M. Functional Outcome Following Corrective Spine Surgery in the Elderly. Advanced ISOLA Seminar, Kansas City, Missouri. May 4-5, 1995.

10. Groo DR, Brown LE, Findlay BW, Whitehurst M, Eidelson SG, Gilbert R, Ward JA. Effect of Single versus Reciprocal Repetitions on Acceleration in Females During Knee Extension on an Isokinetic Device. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota. May 30-June 2, 1995.

11. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Findlay BW, Whitehurst M, Gilbert R, Groo DR, Ward JA. Effect of Gender on Acceleration Fatigue During Knee Extension on an Isokinetic Device. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mary 30-June 2, 1995.

12. Ward JA, Brown LE, Findlay BW, Whitehurst M, Eidelson SG, Gilbert R, Groo DR. Effect of Number of Reptitions on Acceleration in Females During Knee Extension on an Isokinetic Device. National Strength and Conditioning Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona. June 21-24, 1005.

13. Ward JA, Brown LE, Findlay BW, Whitehurst M, Eidelson SG, Groo DR, Ward JA. Anthropometric Effects on Power in Females During Knee Extension on an Isokinatic Device .National Strength and Conditioning Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona. June 21-24, 1995.

14. Ferigno ., Brown LE, Whitehurst M, Eidelson SG, Findlay BW, Gilbert R. The Shoulder Rotation Relative Power Velocity Curve in Elite Male Junior Tennis Players. National Strength and Conditioning Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona. June 21-24, 1995.

15. Brown LE, Eidelson SG, Findlay BW, Whitehurst M, Gilbert R, Groo DR, Ward JA. Effect of Muscle Fibre Type on Acceleration Fatigue During Knee Extension on an Isokinetic Device. National Strength and Conditioning Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona. June 21-24, 1995.

16. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Whitehurst M. Functional Outcome Following Corrective Spine Surgery in the Elderly. GICD Congress, Asheville, North Carolina. September 12-13, 1995.

17. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Whitehurst M. Post-Surgical Laminectomy Functional Recovery in an Elderly Population. North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. October 18-21, 1995.

18. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Whitehurst M. Functional Outcome Following Corrective Spine Surgery in the Elderly. Florida Orthopaedic Society, Atlanta, Georgia. November 4, 1995.

19. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Whitehurst M. Three Month Functional Outcome Following Spinal Decompression in the Elderly. Southern Medical Association, 89th Annual Assembly, Kansasa City, Missouri. November 16-19, 1995.

20. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Whitehurst M. Functional Outcome Following Corrective Spine Surgery in the Elderly. GICD Congress, Beaver Creek, Colorado. January 14-18, 1996.

21. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Whitehurst M. Functional Outcome Following Corrective Surgery in the Elderly with Comparison to a Non-Operative Population. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Atlanta, Georgia. February 22-26, 1996.

22. Eidelson SG. Outcomes in Managed Care Following Spinal Surgery. Sofamor Danek, Tuscon, Arizona. May 8-11, 1996.

23. Whitehurst M, Brown LE, Eidelson SG. Spinal Surgery Improves Function in Elderly Patients. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 1996. American Academy of Sports Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio. May 28-June 2, 1996.

24. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Whitehurst M, Lebwohl L, Brown M, Stambough J. A New Functional Index to Measure Surgical Outcomes: The Palm Beach Spine Index (PBSI). Third International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, Munich, Germany. June 19-22, 1996.

25. Development of National Beta Site Centers, Spinal Outcomes Testing Protocols, Sofamor Danek.

26. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Whitehurst M, Gilreath G. Objective Outcome Measurements Following Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery. Third Annual International Course on Total Spine, Cancun, Mexico. February 1-3, 1997.

27. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Whitehurst M, Gilreath G. Objective Outcome Measurements Following Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery. Sixth Annual Course on Complications in the Surgical Management of Spinal Disorders, Beaver Creek, Colorado. January 18-22, 1997.

28. Eidelson SG, Whitehurst M, Brown LE. The Palm Beach Spine Index: A Functional Measure of Post-Laminectomy Patients. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics Vol. 7, No. 1 (January 1997) pp. 1-5.

29. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Whitehurst M. Objective Outcome Measurements Following Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery. Southern Orthopaedic Association, Pebble Beach. California July 24-26, 1997.

30. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Whitehurst M. Functional Outcome Following Corrective Spine Surgery in the Elderly. 8th Annual Meeting of the European Spine Society, Kos-Hellas, Greece. September 10-13, 1997.

31. Eidelson SG, Brown LE, Whitehurst M. Functional Outcome Following Corrective Spine Surgery in the Elderly. 8th International Conference on Lumbar Fusion and Stabilization (ICLFS 97), San Antonio, Texas. September 30-October 4, 1997.

32. Eidelson SG. Functional Outcome Measurements After Spinal Fusion. Fourth Stryker Cage Meeting, Bordeaux, France. April 30-May 1, 1998.

33. Eidelson SG. Performance Based Functional Tests: Assessing Surgical Outcomes in Patients with Spinal Stenosis. International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, Sorrento, Italy. May 1-3, 1998.

35. Eidelson SG. Performance Based Functional Mobility Tests: Assessing Surgical Outcomes in Patients with Spinal Stenosis. Florida Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting, May 15-17, 1998.

36. Eidelson SG. Performance Based Functional Mobility Tests: Assessing Surgical Outcomes in Patients with Spinal Stenosis. Southern Orthopaedic Association 15th Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico. July 30-August 1, 1998.

37. Eidelson SG. Assessing Surgical Outcomes in Patients with Spinal Stenosis. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California. February 4-8, 1999.

38. Eidelson SG., Whitehurst M. Save Your Aching Back: A Patient's Guide. SYA Press, Inc., United States, published 1999.

39. Eidelson SG. Post Surgical Functional Outcomes in Patients with Spinal Stenosis. Ninth International Conference on Lumbar Fusion and Stabilization, Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom. May 31-June 4, 1999.

40. Eidelson SG. Orthopaedic in the New Millenium. The 24th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Orthopaedic Physicians Assistants, West Palm Beach, Florida. July 12-14, 2000.

41. Whitehurst M, Brown LE, Eidelson SG, D'Angelo A. Functional Mobility Performance in an Elderly Population with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 82, April 2001.

42. Eidelson SG, Merson MA, Adarmes DA. The Protective Role of Steroid Loading in the Post-Laminectomy Patient with Spinal Stenosis. The International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), Paradise Island, Bahamas. July 12-14, 2001.

43. Eidelson SG, Merson MA, Adarmes MA, Whitehurst M. Post-Operative Steroid Loading in Laminectomy Patietns: A Retrospective Look at Complication Rate and Length of Stay. (in review).

44. Eidelson SG. Lab Instructor. Challenges to Spine Surgery. Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana. December 7-8, 2001.

45. Eidelson SG. The Role of the Internet in Building a Spine Practice. Challenges to Spine Surgery Symposium, The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada. April 27, 2002.

46. Eidelson SG. Post-Operative Steroid Loading in Laminectomy Patients: A Retrospective Review. Challenges to Spine Surgery Symposium, The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada. April 27, 2002.

47. Eidelson SG, Fessler RG, Garfin SG, Richeimer SH, Rodts Jr., GE, Spinasanta SA. Save Your Aching Back: Second Edition A Patient's Guide. SYA Press, Inc., United States, published 2002.

48. Eidelson SG. Table Instructor. Bioskills Workshop II: Lumbar Fixation/Break. Challenges to Spine Surgery. Hyatt Cerromar Beach Resort, Puerto Rico. January 10-11, 2003.

49. Eidelson SG. A New Protocol for Use in Elderly Patients Undergoing Spinal Decompression and Fusion. Poster presentation, 2003 Joint Meeting of the Eastern and Southern Orthopaedic Association meeting, Dublin, Ireland. July 31-August 1, 2003.

50. Radionics Radiofrequency & discTRODE Cadaver Lab. Hands-on training course. January 23, 2005.

51. Nucleotome for Automated Percutaneous Lumbar Discectomy Workshop. January 23, 2005.

52. Eidelson SG, Spinasanta SA. Advanced Technologies to Treat Neck and Back Pain, A Patient's Guide. SYA Press and Research, Inc., United States, published March 2005.

53. Eidelson SG, Wilkerson J. (of SYA Press and Research, Inc.). A Novel Procedure Using Bone Cement Techniques to Protect Against Adjacent Level Disc Destruction Due to Pedical Screw Penetration. International Intradiscal Therapy Society (IITS) 18th Annual Meeting, San Diego. California. May 2005.

54. Eidelson SG. Clinical Workshop Instructor. Spinal Study Group, Aesculap, Inc. Four Seasons Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida. June 11, 2005.

55. Proven and Effective Approach to Patient Education, Orthopaedic Education Summit, Encore Medical, L.P., Bachelor Gulch, Colorado. January 5-8, 2006

56. Analysis of Postoperative Complications in Lumbar Decompression with Fusion and Instrumentation Patients As a Function of Comorbidity in the Elderly, Florida Orthopaedic Society and Alabama Orthopaedic Society, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Sandestin, Florida. May 18-21, 2006

57. Analysis of Postoperative Complications in Lumbar Decompression with Fusion and Instrumentation Patients as a Function of Comorbidity in the Elderly, 16th Annual Meeting, European Orthopaedic Research Society, Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute, Bologna, Italy. June 8, 2006

58. New Fixation Technique to Treat Loosening of Lumbar Pedicle Screws, The Society for Back Pain Research, Gisborough Hall, Guisborough North Yorkshire, England. November 2-3, 2006

59. Review of Postoperative Complications as a Function of Comorbidities in Lumbar Instrumentation Cases, Gisborough Hall, Guisborough North Yorkshire, England. November 2-3, 2006.

60. Eidelson SG, Wilkerson J of SYA Press and Research, Inc., Novel Use of IPD:  Greater Decompression with Laminectomy,  Florida Orthopaedic Society, Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  Orlando, Florida. May 17-20, 2007.

61. Eidelson SG, Wilkerson J of SYA Press and Research, Inc., Spinal Flexometer:  Measurements that potentially reflex changes in pain, Neuropathic Pain Second International Conference, Intercontinental Berlin Hotel, Berlin, Germany. June 7-10, 2007.

62. Eidelson SG, Wilkerson J of SYA Press and Research, Inc., Pilot Study on a New Anchoring Technique to Treat Loosening Screws and Retrospective Study on Lumbar Instrumentation Cases:  Postoperative Complications as a Function of Comorbidity. The International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine 24th Annual Meeting, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Hong Kong, China. June 10-14, 2007.

63. Eidelson SG, Wilkerson J of SYA Press and Research, Inc., Analysis of Postoperative Complications as a Function of Comorbidity in Elderly Lumbar Instrumentation Cases. Eastern & Southern Orthopaedic Associations, Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC, Canada. August 1-4, 2007

64. Eidelson SG, Eidelson Sarah. "IPD - Interspinous Process Decompression". Ocean Reef Club, Florida Keys. May 16, 2008.

65. Eidelson SG, "Analysis of Elderly Patients Undergoing Lumbar Decompression and Fusion Using Minimally Invasive Implants as a Function of Co morbidity". 2008 Annual Meeting of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Green Valley Ranch Resort, Henderson, NV. November 14, 2008.

66. Eidelson SG, Eidelson Sarah. "IPD - Interspinous Process Decompression With Bone Dowel Fusion". First International Bauerfeind Meeting of the Spine. Ritz Carlton Hotel, Palm Beach, FL. April 16th - 18, 2009.

67. Eidelson SG, "Evaluation of New Less Invasive Implants (IPI), Treating Significant Lumbar Spinal Stenosis In High Risk Elderly Patients". Poster presentation at Southern Orthopedic Association 26th Annual Meeting. Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, FL. July 15-18, 2009.

68. Eidelson SG, Eidelson David, Ingwer Zach, Geisse Hildegarde. "A Less Invasive Technique Using Interspinous Process Decompression Implants (IPI) with Bone Dowel Fusion for Moderate to Severe Spinal Stenosis". Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery 2009 Meeting. Las Vegas, NV. October 9-12, 2009.

69. Eidelson SG, Geisse Hildegarde, Fleming John, Eidelson David. "New Techniques Treating Elderly Patients with Radicular Pain and Neuropathic Symptoms Using Interspinous Process Implants (MLIF) for Severe Lumbar Spondylosis." 3rd International Congress on Neuropathic Pain. Athens, Greece. May 27-30, 2010.

70. Eidelson SG, Geisse Hildegarde, Eidelson David, Fleming John. "Treating 25 Elderly Patients With Multiple Comorbidities Using Interspinous Process Implants (MLIF) for Severe Lumbar Spondylosis With No Postoperative Surgical Wound Infections." Southern Orthopaedic Association 27th Annual Meeting. Fajardo, Puerto Rico. June 16-19, 2010.

71. Eidelson SG, Geisse Hildegarde, Fleming John, Eidelson David, Eidelson Sarah. "Treating 25 Elderly Patients with Multiple Comorbidities Using Interspinous Process Implants (IPI) for Severe Lumbar Spondylosis with no Postoperative Surgical Wound Infections." 13th World Congress on Pain Montreal, Quebec, Canada. August 29 - September 2, 2010.

72. Eidelson SG, Geisse Hildegarde, Eidelson David, Eidelson Sarah. "Treating 25 Elderly Patients with Multiple Comorbidities Using Interspinous Process Implants (IPI) for Severe Lumbar Spondylosis with No Postoperative Surgical Wound Infections." Eastern Orthopaedic Association 41st Annual Meeting, Naples, FL. October 13-16, 2010.

73. Eidelson SG, Fleming John, Eidelson Sarah, Eidelson David. "A New Technique for Providing Minimally Invasive 360 Degree Spinal Fusions Using A Combination of Min- Peek* Inserted Through A Unique Tube With Posterior Instrumentations For Patients With Foraminal Stenosis." 2010 Annual Meeting - Society For Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Miami, FL. November 5-7, 2010.

74. Eidelson SG, Fleming John, Eidelson Sarah. "A New Technique for Treating Elderly Patients with Moderate to Severe Spinal Stenosis with Interspinous Process Implants (IPI) and Bone Dowel after Foraminal Decompression." 7th. Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain, Los Angeles, CA. November 9-12, 2010.

Articles Written by Stewart G. Eidelson, MD

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Interspinous Process Decompression

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What Causes Osteoporosis in Greek Men?

Researchers aimed to determine the factors that are directly associated with bone mineral density, including BMD of the spine and hip, in Greek men.

Yoga Spinal Flexion Positions Can Cause Spinal Fractures in Osteoporotic Patients

Yoga is generally thought to be a “safe” exercise. However, some positions may not be advisable for people with low bone mass—either osteopenia or osteoporosis.

Short-term Aerobic Exercise with and without a Weighted Vest: What’s the Effect on Bone Metabolism?

There were 36 women in the study; all joined voluntarily and were sedentary and postmenopausal. The researchers randomly divided them into 3 groups.

Pinched Nerves Can Cause Back and Neck Pain

People commonly talk about having a pinched nerve, but what is a pinched nerve?

Intervertebral Disc Infection: Discitis and How it Affects Children

Discitis, or disc space infection, is an inflammation of the intervertebral disc.This rare disease, which impacts 1 out of every 100,000 people, can occur in adults but is more common in children.

Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Measurement

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Use of triclosan-coated sutures instead of non-coated sutures was associated with a significantly lower incidence of surgical site infections in patients undergoing spinal surgery.

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Backache is major issue in the United Kingdom and the United States of America and it’s thought to be one of the most common causes of work absence.

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