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Robotic Spine Surgery: Local Success Story

Robert was struggling with daily mobility until robotic spine surgery saved the day(s). Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Local now-retired truck driver Robert Russo had back pain as a result of spinal stenosis. He tried everything from spine decompression to physical therapy. While these actions helped, Robert says the pain would come back. Dr. Leone explained the robotic spine surgical procedure to Robert. Via small incisions, Dr. Leone explains the nerve will be decompressed, move the bones to their proper location and install screws and rods. See Robert’s success story here:

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Video courtesy WGRZ.com

http://www.wgrz.com/news/health/a-different-kind-of-spine-surgery/416996960

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Idiopathic Scoliosis in Children

Children displaying signs of scoliosis should be diagnosed by a professional. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Idiopathic scoliosis is characterized by a spinal deformity in which the spine unnaturally curves in directions it normally would not. With relentless progression, the end results of idiopathic scoliosis can be extremely debilitating. While there is currently no known cure, proper diagnosis and preventative measures can be implemented. In children, custom braces are molded to correct the unnatural progression of the spinal curvature. The aim with these braces are to decrease the progression of this curvature and thereby reducing the possibility of surgery.

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Common Surgical Procedures in Children

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Diagnostic findings are important to determine the severity of cases in children. Once a full diagnosis has been completed the physician will determine the discourse of treatment. Common spine surgeries in children include treatments for scoliosis, kyphosis (forward hunching of the back), lordosis (swayback), and spondylolisthesis (vertebral slippage).

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Diagnosing for Spine Surgery in Children

Proper diagnosis of spinal deformities and diseases in children is essential to determine the right course of treatment for your child. To learn more, please peruse articles here in Dr. Leone’s Knowledge Center.

The main goal of spine surgery in children is to counteract any further progression of the complication, whether it be a spinal deformity or disease. A thorough diagnosis will involve the gathering of a complete medical history, physical examination, and testing of the child. This will enable the physician to determine the best plan of action in helping the child overcome these complications. Additionally, x-rays may be taken for further investigation. If even more investigating is required, MRI and CAT scans may be utilized.

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Bone Scans and Ankylosing Spondylitis, WNY

Learn more about considering early assessment of spinal trauma. Brought to you by the Knowledge Center of Dr. Leone.

The presence of activity in the sacroiliac joints and in the spinal column on bone scans may help with the diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis. Nuclear imaging is an effective screening tool to identify occult fractures in ankylosing spondylitis and should be considered early in the assessment of patients with this disease who sustain even minor trauma.¹

¹R. Vaccaro MD, Alexander. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005.

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Elderly Patients & The Spine, WNY

Contact Dr. Leone to learn more about a treatment plan for spinal complications and possible surgical treatment where necessary.

Elderly patients can have multiple reasons for spine-related pain. These include degenerative disorders causing axial pain, mechanical instability, neurogenic pain, and osteoporosis-related pain. Frequently these patients will have disorders that are not amenable to surgical treatment and hence, in the surgeon’s mind, a “cure.”¹

¹Garfin MD, Steven. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update : Spine. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1997.

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Axial and Radicular Syndromes & Sports, Western NY

Are you an athlete? You can find information here regarding axial syndromes and others in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center for spine & orthopedic surgery.

The physical demands of sport lead to very high compressive and shear forces often several times greater than body weight, across the three-joint complex. A normal intervertebral disc is generally more tolerant of compressive than shear force, with the potential for greater anulus disruption occuring at greater than 3 degrees of segmental rotation.¹

¹Garfin MD, Steven. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update : Spine. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1997.