Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Did you know your body has an amazing ability to heal itself?  Historically patients were told they would need certain invasive surgery to heal particular injuries, but today we know that many times these same injuries can be healed with growth factors that come directly from your own body. Regenerative medicine takes advantage of our natural ability to heal ourselves by using healthy regenerative cells found throughout the body. One example is PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy. This is a treatment that aids in the body’s natural ability to heal its’ injuries and amplify the natural growth factors your body uses to

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Are Athletes Offered Regenerative Medicine?

Many athletes have experienced sports injuries every day but are not being appropriately informed of all the options available to them. It’s fair to say there are many surgeries performed each day in the United States that can be avoided with regenerative treatments such as PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), BMC (Bone Marrow Concentrate stem cells), and Fibrin, utilized in the Discseel® Procedure, developed by Kevin Pauza MD. When patients visit our office, they are presented with all of their options, however the same does not hold true when the same patients visit other spine and orthopedic surgeons. Patients are often given their

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A Lesson Learned From the Late Dr. DeBakey: The Greatest Innovators Should Expect the Most Ridicule

As you probably know, the “renegade” Physician, pioneer, and father of open-heart surgery was the late Dr. Michael DeBakey. His innovations saved many lives, and his legacy should motivate us to want to help others, and wanting to cause real disruption to improve the “Standard of Care.” Along his pathway, Dr. DeBakey encountered naysayers, both Physicians, and bureaucrats, who found comfort in the old “Standard of Care.” Dr. DeBakey’s pathway teaches us that innovators making the greatest “disruptions” should also expect the greatest roadblocks and ridicule. Something ironic: Dr. DeBakey’s naysayers included competing Physicians and bureaucrats, as expected, yet it

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For Back Pain Sufferers, IDET 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 back pain sufferers like her, with torn disks but no other major disc degeneration, Dr. Lutz’s success rate is 75% to 80%, 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 spinal treatment 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

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Saudi Royalty Makes a Visit to Tyler, Texas

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – It’s official: Tyler is now a playground for Saudi 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 Saudi royalty 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

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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 Not Help

Most adults in the United States will suffer from excruciating chronic 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 suffering from chronic back pain 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

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King Abdullah Passes, Dr. Pauza Remembers His Life

TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — Doctor Kevin Pauza and the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia first met about seven years ago. “The king’s life was changed the day that he had a 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 person’s 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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