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Anthony Leone, Cheektowaga Doctor

Anthony Leone is a board certified spine surgeon in Cheektowaga, NY with excellent reviews. Apart from the certification through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, he is also certified in Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery and Robotic Partial Knee Replacement. In addition, he has been certified by New York State Workers’ Compensation Board to Perform Independent Medical Examinations.

Anthony Leone has many memberships, inclusive of the North American Spine Society, a Fellow at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, and the American Medical Association, just to name a few.

Anthony Leone focuses on minimally invasive techniques and has launched a sister website.

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Minimally invasive spine surgery now available to Rochester

Choose the spine surgery technique that will improve your recovery

Minimally invasive spine surgery using state of the art robotics is the preferred way to perform many spine procedures in today’s medical world.

  • The technology provides a smaller, more accurate incision
  • The precise nature of the tool allows the surgeon to be less intrusive during the procedure. Less manipulation within surgery generally means less recovery time for the patient.
  • Patients recover faster after surgery

Dr. Anthony Leone is now providing minimally invasive robotic spine surgery to patients in the Rochester Area. Please contact us using the form below, or call us at 716-66-SPINE.

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Robotic Spine Surgery: Accuracy vs. Precision

What differentiates accuracy from precision in robotic spine surgery? Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Many think that precision and accuracy mean the same thing. Precision references the closeness of two or more measurements to one another. Accuracy refers to hitting the mark of the desired target as closely as possible. An analogy can be related to a basketball player who is shooting baskets. The player shoots with accuracy if his shots always bring the ball to the basket or close to it. The player shoots with precision if his shots are always in the same location (independent on the fact that it’s close to the basket or not).

Robotic spine surgery encompasses both of these phenomenas with the Mazor Renaissance┬« system. Designed to provide consistent precision with accuracy within 1.5mm – the system is far superior to standard surgical means. Studies have shown the procedure to be 99% effective with popularity of the procedure growing and spreading worldwide.

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Pediatric Surgery: Things to Expect

Following spinal surgery, these are the things parents can expect. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

If you have a child who underwent a spinal fusion, chances are that he or she will complain of pain in the area of the procedure. This is normal and will decrease in the coming weeks. Medications like Advil and Motrin should be avoided as they can interfere with the healing process. Consult your doctor if your child appears to be in more pain than should be normal during the healing process.

Infections are not common, and should not happen – but are possible. Be sure to inspect your child’s back daily to ensure there are no infections. Healthy healing areas should be pink at the incision and the edges should be together.

Be sure to encourage your child to take liquids, fruits and vegetables to reduce constipation possibilities. Multivitamins with iron can help your child’s body heal itself

In the upcoming weeks after your child’s spinal fusion, monitor their activity levels. As discomfort clears, your child will probably want to get up and be active. Prevent them from doing anything too strenuous to avoid injury to the fusion area.

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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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Questions Regarding Spinal Fusions

The following are additional answers to fusion questions you may have. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Patients undergoing spinal fusion procedures may be aware of a “domino” effect once their first procedure has been completed. They may hear that a few years after their procedure they may need the same surgery to repair additional discs.

While it is possible that further surgery will be required, most cases of isolated one-level degenerative disc disease don’t require any more. Further surgery is more common in patients exhibiting osteoporosis of the facet joints. The shape of the discs is also important and while unhealthy patients may be at a higher risk – the majority of patients undergoing spinal fusions will be able to handle the added pressure.

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Spine Anatomy: Knowing the Spine

Understanding spine anatomy is important if you have a spine-related issue. Learn more about spine anatomy in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Spine care and understanding the spine anatomy can be interesting and help you to find more related information. The spine has three main functions; to protect, to support and enable motion. The spine is broken up into four regions.

The first is the cervical spine which consists of seven vertebrae (C1-C7) at the top of the spine.

The second is the thoracic spine which consists of twelve vertebrae (T1-T12) which is the midsection of the spine.

The third is called the lumbar spine and consists of five vertebrae (L1-L5) which comprises the bottom area of the spine. These are the largest of the vertebrae and carry a majority of the body’s weight. Because of this, the lumbar spine is often the most affected area for back pain and other troublesome spinal conditions.

The last and final region of the spine is called the sacral spine and consists of five bones (S1-S5) fused together to form the sacrum or pelvis area.

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Spine Care: Have a Rehab Friend for your Back Pain

If you are suffering from back pain, find a friend who can help. Learn more about spine care in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Finding a rehab buddy can be a big help to many aspects of your life if you are suffering from back pain. A rehab buddy can exercise with you or help you with daily tasks around your home. Additionally, having a friend will help you stay on task with exercise schedules. Last but certainly not least, your rehab buddy can help you get healthy. By doing things together, you minimize the changes of becoming lazy or forgetful.

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Spine Care: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

If you are suffering from back pain, don’t be shy to ask for help. Learn more about spine care in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

While you have probably been use to doing most things yourself until your back pain became an issue, it’s no secret that you will need help around the house and with daily chores. Try not to be discouraged or embarrassed about this. Your friend or loved one will be more than happy to help and ensure you are keeping your back as healthy as possible.

As him or her to help with lifting heavy objects. Their assistance with more physical chores like taking out the garbage or vacuuming will be a big help and will help decrease the chances of you injuring or making your pain worse.

Minimize your driving. Ask a friend or loved one to give you a ride. The constant strain of head movement and getting in and out of the car is sure to leave your back in rough shape.

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Spine Care: Back Pain-Proofing the House

Here are some spine care tips to help you make your house back pain friendly. Learn more about spine care in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

If you are dealing with de-habilitating back pain, moving things around in your home can help with your spine care. Please make sure you have a friend or loved one help with these tips so that you don’t injure yourself or exacerbate your pain.

Start by moving popular or essential items to chest height. This will prevent you from having to bend down or into awkward movements. This can include dishes and pots in the kitchen and things in the bathroom like toiletries.

Ensure your furniture is back-friendly as well. You probably have a favorite couch or chair – if it isn’t giving you proper support, grab some pillows. You will find that proper posture is key to a healthy pain-free back.

Finally, try to eliminate the use of stairs as much as possible. This movement can be especially jarring for those suffering from back pain.