All Spine Surgery Articles

Bone Growth Stimulation is Wearable Therapy After Spinal Fusion

Your body’s ability to heal and repair is particularly important during a spine surgery that involves fusion—joining two or bone spinal bones together.

Artificial Disc Replacement as a Revision Procedure

Avid basketball player asks if he is a candidate for cervical (neck) artificial disc replacement. Todd Lanman, MD explains.

Cigarette Smoking and Its Impact on Spinal Fusions

Smoking cigarettes weakens the body's systems and does not let them function normally due to the increased levels of toxins in the body.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

For some patients who have spinal instability or have been recommended spinal fusion, it is important to understand what minimally invasive options may be available.

What Is Spinal Instrumentation and Spinal Fusion?

In this article, learn about the history of spinal instrumentation and fusion, and the hardware used in these procedures.

Spine Surgery Success Story: Fire Chief Back at Work After Cervical Fusion

This fire fighter’s spine surgeon explains cervical myelopathy and the surgical procedure that put his patient back to work.

What Is Neurointerventional Surgery?

Neurointerventional surgeons have special training to treat spinal disorders. Learn about their education and training and if they can help treat your back or neck pain.

What To Do If You’re Considering Back Surgery

If you are contemplating spine surgery, you may be interested to know what an orthopaedic spine surgeon recommends you consider—including, important questions to ask.

Non-Operative Interventions for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Ralph Rashbaum, MD, and orthopaedic spine surgeon answers questions posed by SpineUniverse about failed back surgery syndrome. In this segment, Dr. Rashbaum explains when surgery is not elective and important considerations for both patients and surgeons.

Treatment for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

In this segment, Dr. Rashbaum explains his approach to proper patient care when back surgery is not successful.

Spine Surgeons’ Role in Preventing Failed Back Syndrome

Dr. Ralph Rashbaum, an orthopaedic surgeon answers the question, "Do all roads lead back to the operating room when it comes to failed back surgery?"

How to Choose a Spine Surgeon

It is important for patients to be as involved as possible in their own medical care. If you are able to choose your physician, here are some guidelines on what to look for in a spine specialist.

Neurosurgeon or Orthopedic Surgeon? Does it Matter?

It is important for patients to realize that both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons perform spine surgery. There is an emerging field of "spine surgery" that incorporates both specialties.

Interspinous Process Decompression

Discover how interspinous process decompression (IPD)—a minimally invasive spine surgery—can ease your back pain, and learn about its benefits and risks.

Diabetes and Spine Surgery: What You Need to Know

People with diabetes are at a higher risk for certain issues, such as infection and slower healing. If you have diabetes and will undergo spine surgery, you need to make special accommodations to ensure a successful surgery and recovery.
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