FOR BACK PAIN SUFFERERS, A TECHNIQUE UNDER STUDY MAY OFFER HOPE

The dancer with the torn disk had IDET this summer, Dr. Lutz said, and is ”definitely better.” She hopes to be able to resume her career. For patients like her, with torn disks but no other major disk degeneration, Dr. Lutz’s success rate is 75 percent to 80 percent, he said. Whether IDET becomes a standard treatment will depend on studies like a multicenter trial that is being run by Dr. F. Todd Wetzel, an orthopedic surgeon who is medical director at the University of Chicago Spine Center. The study involves 74 patients; 38 of them had the therapy at

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GROUNDBREAKING SPINAL TREATMENT SPURS SAUDI INTEREST

This is the story of a passionate, innovative alumnus who helped pioneer a new specialty in medicine, founded an award-winning hospital, created a foundation, became a friend and physician to the Royal family of Saudi Arabia, and patented a medical invention that is providing new, minimally-invasive treatments for disc and spinal disorders. And he’s only 43. “I never use an alarm clock, and I work seven days a week,” says Kevin Pauza, M.D., ’90, an Interventional Spine specialist and researcher who focuses on the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of back and neck pain. “It doesn’t feel like work when you love what you do.” An ardent advocate

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SAUDI ROYALTY VISITS EAST TEXAS

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – Its official: Tyler is now a playground for royalty. We found out about a Saudi prince’s visit to East Texas after a 737 bearing the country’s national symbol was spotted at the Tyler Jet Center.  Rumors were swirling about the royal visit. “One I heard, he was here with friends, visiting the Rose Festival, said Carolyn Verver. Verver works at the Jet Center and says the plane was sitting at the Aviation Museum when she got there Saturday morning.  Sources tell us the prince’s plane flew into Tyler Thursday night. Turns out Prince Faisal bin Abdullah

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THE HOLY GRAIL OF PAIN RELIEF?

THE HOLY GRAIL OF PAIN RELIEF? CBS SUNDAY MORNING CORRESPONDENT MARTHA TEICHNER REPORTS ON A NEW PROCEDURE TO TREAT THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF BACK PAIN More than 1.3 million Americans undergo spinal surgery each year — more than triple the number of coronary bypass surgeries and more than five times the number of hip replacements. Approximately 300,000 of those back surgeries were spinal fusions, in which vertebrae are joined surgically and held in place with metal screws or rods. For many patients, the surgery is salvation. For others, it can be a nightmare. CBS SUNDAY MORNING correspondent Martha Teichner speaks with patients and doctors, including Dr. Kevin Pauza — founder of

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A NEW HOPE FOR BACK PAIN SUFFERERS?

Consider the human spine, in all its glory. The 24 vertebrae, cushioned by gelatinous discs . . . the little facet joints that help make your back flexible . . . all the ligaments and muscles and nerves. The spine’s elegant complexity is a miracle of engineering, or a curse when something goes wrong. Eight out of ten Americans will experience debilitating back pain sometime in their lives.  “My pain was very excruciating,” said Leila. “I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t bend over. I couldn’t lie down.” “I’d say, ‘Oh Lord, can’t you help my back, it does hurt bad’ – he didn’t help me

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CHRONIC BACK PAIN? SPINAL FUSION MAY BE WRONG SURGERY

Most adults in the United States will suffer from excruciating back pain at some time in their lives. For the lucky ones, it will be short-lived. For the others, it may continue for weeks, months, or even years. Surgery is the attempted fix for more than 1.2 million Americans each year, and about 300,000 of these back surgeries were spinal fusion. This procedure is done for herniated discs or other disc injuries and involves joining vertebrae so they cannot move. Often they are held in place with metal screws or rods. However, fusion was usually the wrong answer, according to Dr. Kevin

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KING ABDULLAH PASSES, EAST TEXAS SPINE DOCTOR REMEMBERS HIS LIFE

TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — Doctor Kevin Pauza and the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia first met about seven years ago. “The kings life was changed the day that he had surgical fusion. He had rods, plates and screws in his back, because that’s the old-fashioned norm. Today we know that that’s not best for a persons long term interest, so after that procedure, he needed help,” said Dr. Pauza. Dr. Pauza is an innovator when it comes to spinal surgery. He created a new method of treatment, and is currently the only doctor in the world, allowed to practice it.

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LATE SAUDI KING ABDULLAH HAS STRONG CONNECTION IN EAST TEXAS

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -U.S. leaders expressed condolences to the people of Saudi Arabia upon the death of King Abdullah on Thursday. Sympathy for the 90-year-old late king has poured in from all corners of the world, including right here in East Texas where King Abdullah had a strong connection. “We had many conversations at the foot of his bed or during our travels around the world. So, I knew him in a different way. I knew him in a way that wasn’t known by Hillary Clinton or President Obama,” says Dr. Kevin Pauza, founding partner and principal owner of Texas

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SAUDI ARABIAN KING ABDULLAH HAD A STRONG LINK TO EAST TEXAS

TYLER (KYTX)- Saudi Arabian King Abdullah was buried in front of hundreds of thousands of mourners on Friday, but there’s also a man in East Texas grieving the loss of King Abdullah. Doctor Kevin Pauza has his fair share of high profile patients, but none are more special to him than Saudi Arabian King Abdullah. “I really know him very well, I know him better than any diplomat in the US because I’ve spent a lot of time with him, personally and professionally,” Dr. Kevin Pauza, co-founder and co-owner of Texas Spine and Joint Hospital. Pauza specializes in treating severe

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TEST BARBECUING YOUR BACK: IS HEAT THERAPY FOR YOU?

If nothing else cures your back pain, would barbecuing a spinal disk help? In the endless battle against back ailments, some 35,000 to 40,000 patients have turned to a new procedure that uses heated probes to try and heal painful spinal disks. About 3,500 doctors have already been trained in the procedure, known as IDET for Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy, since its introduction in 1998. But so far there is no compelling, published evidence that it can relieve back pain. Although the approach has been marketed as an alternative to expensive and risky spinal-fusion surgery, some doctors say that’s not appropriate

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