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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.

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Spine Care: Caring for Someone Suffering From Back Pain

Here are some spine care tips to help you helping someone else. Learn more about spine care in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Having a loved one who is in need of spine care to help them through pain doesn’t have to be a painful situation for you and them. First, try to learn as much as possible about your friend or loved one’s pain. The more you know, the more you can target the proper steps to help alleviate their pain.

Secondly, make their living areas more user-friendly for them. Move popular or heavily used items higher to reduce the need to bend over.

Thirdly, help your friend or loved one with specific tasks around the house that may require intense movements like lifting heavy objects.

Fourthly, be a part of their rehabilitation either by reminding them and keeping them ahead of scheduled exercising or even joining in and stretching or exercising alongside them is a great way to encourage them and you.

Lastly, be sure to keep posture in check. Make sure the items of furniture and office items are setup properly for the best support available. Desk chairs should be adjusted so that they can sit comfortably and upright.

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Spine Health: Spring into a Healthy Spine

Some tips to stay healthy this spring with spine health. Learn more about Spine Health in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

The weather is finally looking nice and we’re all anxious to get outside and enjoy the sun. Now that we have the opportunity to go outside for a walk or a run, don’t forget to work back into a routine. You may be tempted to go out and attempt an intense workout but remember that your body needs the time to adjust properly. A short walk and stretch period may be best to get your body back into nice-weather mode. Heat therapy can help soothe muscle strain and prevent cramping as well.

Getting plenty of sleep this spring will be sure to keep you and your spine in tip-top shape. Getting proper rest is crucial to our body’s daily maintenance and recovery. If you are having trouble sleeping, try setting a routine. By only using the bedroom for sleep, you can help shake off bad habits of restless sleep.

Good posture is key to a healthy spine. Remember to sit up at your desk at work and don’t slouch on your couch. Proper posture not only looks good, but keeps your spine in good alignment. A misaligned spine can lead to a plethora of problems including pain and discomfort. If you feel you may be slouching, use a mirror to correct your posture.