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Pain Management vs. Spine Surgery: What is best for you?

Is spine surgery the best course of action for pain management? Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Patients dealing with chronic back pain may be asking themselves if they are better off finding ways to combat their pain or if surgery is the better option. Not surprisingly, patients with pain want to find a way to relieve it once and for all. There are advantages and disadvantages to chronic pain management versus surgery.

It is best to consult your doctor in order to find the best possible course of treatment depending on your spinal condition. With the wide range of spinal deformities, diseases, and complications – there are many treatment options available to patients both surgical and non-surgical.

While programs to manage chronic pain can be preferable as rehabilitation as an escape, surgery may be the best option for you.

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India: A New Frontier for Spine Surgery Procedures

The country sees spine surgery as an important dynamic to health. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Spine surgery, most notably endoscopic spine surgery has become popular recently within the country of India. The dynamic healthcare system in India has become increasingly expensive. Neck and back pain have been on the rise as the country’s lifestyle changes have seen increases in sedentary and stressful living. Spine surgery within India is cost effective which makes it a preferred means of care. Additionally, spine surgery in the country takes relatively less time in recovery.

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Ambulatory Spine Centers: Robotic Spine Surgery

ASCs are beginning to incorporate robotic spine surgery. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

ASCs or ambulatory spine centers are starting to see the benefits of minimally invasive techniques for the spine. Increasing numbers of upcoming surgeons are training to learn automated spine surgery. These surgeons are also learning how to safely perform many more procedures with the help of a robot. Because of this, the market is now seeing an increase in the frequency of surgeons willing to operate in outpatient settings. By implementing these new spine procedures with robotics, an increasing focus will also be paid to the safety around these devices.

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What to Expect After Surgery II: FAQs

More frequently asked questions and tips for post-spine-surgery. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Post-Surgery Questions:
What kind of follow-up will I get?
Typically, your doctor will schedule your first surgical follow-up four to six weeks after. During this time, X-rays may be taken to get a visual of how the target area is progressing.

Will I need something like physical therapy?
Depending on your circumstances, physical therapy may be a great way for you to regain movement and increase strength that may have been decreased as a result of the surgery and recovery time.

What can I do to maintain my new, healthy lifestyle?
After surgery, maintaining your health is critical for the success of your surgery. Focus on a healthy diet to maintain your ideal weight. Additionally, work on exercise plans to strengthen your back and core. Finally, stay away from tobacco products as nicotine can impede bone health and strength.

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Robotic Spine Fusion: Is It Cleaner?

Advantages to robotic spine fusion and a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about Spinal Fusion in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

MIS (minimally invasive surgery) is quickly becoming a viable option to patients in need of surgical means who want to get regain their lives. Through spinal fixation under robotic surgery, tissue surrounding the target area is preserved. This preservation effectively decreases complications including lower loss of blood, fewer scars, faster recovery, and less pain.

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Should You Train Through Spine Pain?

“No pain, no gain” – aging athletes often work through pain, but is healthy? To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

We’ve all heard this famous saying while at the gym, in movies, and from friends. But spine or back pain is a separate kind of pain – a serious pain that can mean serious complications. Athletes, especially those who are professionally training daily often force themselves to work through inflammation as they age. Certain inflammations like slight disc herniations are common and generally can be rectified with medication and conservative management. However, doctors encourage athletes to rest and to not work through the pain. Rest provides us with quicker recovery and better outcomes. Remember, your body needs exercise to strengthen the spine, but it also needs rest too. Don’t forget to take a breather!

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Disc Herniations in the Olympics

Even highly conditioned athletes are susceptible to normal back injuries. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

With the Rio Olympics in full swing from the track to the pool, athletes are pushing their bodies to the fullest extent possible. Unfortunately, injuries can still occur. Disc herniations can plague even the best athletes. Severe herniations are seen in sports involving high stress loads to the spine like weightlifting. Thankfully, injuries like a disc herniation can be quelled with a microdiscectomy. In a microdiscectomy, small incisions are made in key points for the surgeon to enter the problem area and correct it. Because these athletes are in great physical shape, their recovery time is shorter than a normal person. This is why it is important to keep in shape and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

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Conservative Spine Treatment & Time

How long before I can rule out conservative treatment for my spine problem? To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

While conservative (non-invasive) spine treatment can help and even treat your back problem – it’s good to be aware of the time you should allow before you move to other effective options. This time varies widely between patients, based on a number of variables. However, in general, a patient exhibiting a great deal of pain and change in lifestyle is an earlier candidate considered for surgical treatment. The extent of a surgical procedure required will also be considered. Microsurgery, involving small microscopes will be considered long before a more extensive surgical operation is explored such as a spinal fusion.

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When Conservative Spine Treatment Isn’t The First Choice

Conservative spine treatment is not always the first choice. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

While non-invasive, conservative spine treatments can be effective, they aren’t always the first choice. Sometimes, the patient can exhibit severe symptoms that have moved well beyond the stage of conservative treatment. Cases of bowel or bladder control issues, or weakness in the legs can be severe and could require immediate invasive surgery. In other situations, the patient can be exhibiting signs of pain that cannot be identified – in these cases, surgery may be an option to pinpoint the area in question.

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Conservative Treatments For The Spine

Non-invasive treatments are possible for patients with spine problems. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Treatment for back problems that do not involve medication or surgery are typically referred to as “non-invasive” and are therefore also classified as “conservative”. For most people, back pain will subside in a couple weeks. Chiropractic manipulations, while not truly non-invasive, can be a great way to minimize, prevent, and treat back pain. By reducing pain, patients can properly condition their back with strength exercises. Once all conservative options have been explored, a patient may become a candidate for surgery to alleviate the trouble area.