Dr. Anthony Leone, a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with over 17 years of experience, takes a different approach to spine surgery.

Dr. Leone works with spine, back and neck surgery much differently when compared to many other surgeons in the Buffalo, NY and greater WNY areas. You will not wait months for an appointment, or sit in waiting rooms for an extended amount of time. Most importantly, we will discuss conservative, non-surgical options before recommending spine surgery, back surgery or neck surgery.

There are many other treatments we can implement before recommending spine, back , or neck surgery. Treatment options are recommended on a case by case basis. Rest assured, you will leave our office after your first visit with a well-defined treatment plan.

Additional Spine Surgery Information

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As spine care specialists, our goal is to use all possible treatment methods to help reduce neck and/or back pain, before using surgery.

In order to improve the patients level of function and restore their quality of life, we try to work with chiropractors, physical therapists, pain management doctors and physical rehabilitation specialists in a coordinated effort to help the patient. For more information, please view all of our spine care articles.

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Pain Management

Pain is complex, so there are many treatment options — medications, therapies, and mind-body techniques. Without pain, the quality of life can be improved. Pain management is always a viable option before spine, neck or back surgery.

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Epidural Steroid Injections

Epidural Steroid Injections (ESIs) are a common method of treating inflammation associated with low back related leg pain, or neck related arm pain. In both of these conditions, the spinal nerves become inflamed due to narrowing of the passages where the nerves travel as they pass down or out of the spine.

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Chiropractic Treatment

A recent study in the medical journal Spine found a strong association between chiropractic care and the avoidance of lumbar spine surgery. The American Chiropractic Association is encouraged by this and other recent research supporting chiropractic’s conservative, less costly approach to low-back pain.

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Spinal Stimulator

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The Spinal Cord Stimulator can help to significantly reduce your pain

Patients with chronic pain and patients who still have pain even after a prior surgery can consider the implantation of a device called a spinal cord stimulator. The goal is to reduce the patient's pain and improve the quality of life. Spinal cord stimulation is a procedure that uses an electrical current to treat chronic pain. A small pulse generator, implanted in the back, sends electrical pulses to the spinal cord. These pulses interfere with the nerve impulses that make you feel pain. It is implanted only after a 7 day temporary trial is performed, and if the trial successfully alleviates the pain. The spinal cord stimulator can help to significantly reduce the level of pain and thereby reduce the need for narcotic pain killers.

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