Kevin Pauza, M.D., Reconstructs Ötzi the Iceman’s Final Days

Research findings in the relatively new field of Regenerative Medicine have allowed spine expert, Dr. Kevin Pauza to define previously unknowable details of Ötzi the Iceman’s death 5,300 years ago.  Many people learned of Ötzi the Iceman through news articles, a feature movie, or documentaries from National Geographic, the Smithsonian, or PBS NOVA. However, all these commentaries have failed to correctly define one of the most intriguing aspects of the Iceman: how his life ended. Every version of Ӧtzi’s story ended inconclusively or with an inaccurate resolution, until now.  Thanks to Dr. Kevin Pauza’s research, we now know the truth

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Three sisters mountains

Update From Sean G., Discseel® Procedure Patient

Sean is a Discseel® Procedure patient who recently checked in to let us know what he’s been up to since his procedure. He climbed the South Sister mountain of Oregon’s Three Sisters, a mountain that is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc. Each of the mountains that are part of the Three Sisters trio rises over 10,000 feet, making these mountains popular among avid climbers.

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How Coronavirus is Affecting Elective Surgery

A surgery being called elective does not mean that it’s optional, it only means that the surgery is not immediately life-threatening and able to be scheduled in advance. While elective surgery is sometimes meant only to improve the quality of life of the patient, it is also used to refer to certain surgeries for serious conditions, such as cancer. Unfortunately, as cases of coronavirus increase and hospitals are forced to conserve resources, elective surgeries are being canceled, but can patients really afford for these procedures to be canceled?

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The Importance of Quarantine, Isolation, and Social Distancing

With coronavirus at the top of everyone’s mind, what we need to do in order to slow the spread, or “flatten the curve”, is a trending topic of conversation. Quarantine, isolation, and social distancing are all terms being thrown around, but what does that actually mean for how you should be modifying your routine right now? As part of our goal to keep our patients informed, we’ll be explaining why distancing, quarantine and isolation are important, and what to do if you find yourself having to isolate. How Coronavirus is Spread Unfortunately, this virus has been spreading easily and sustainably

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Dr. Pauza Featured in Spotlight Q&A for Becker’s Spine Review

Dr. Pauza Featured in Spotlight Q&A for Becker’s Spine Review Dr. Kevin Pauza was recently interviewed by Alan Condon of Becker’s Spine Review on the latest advancements in spine medicine and what treatments he believes are the future of the field.  In the interview, Dr. Pauza discusses his thoughts and experience with biologics for the spine, why he believes patients and payers are gravitating toward regenerative medicine rather than surgery, and his evaluation of new regenerative technologies. Dr. Pauza also describes his current research into other manners of using fibrin in the treatment of degenerated and herniated discs, as well

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Why Tiger Woods’ Back Surgery Was ‘Par for the Course’

Recently, Tiger Woods spoke with Robby Kalland of CBS Sports about his recovery after back surgery. “Health-wise, I continue to improve. Still no timetable on my return, but I’m excited to get back out there with the guys.”1 I work alongside Kevin Pauza, M.D., a spine specialist who focuses on treating patients who have had prior failed spine surgery. I recently spoke about Tiger Woods with Dr Pauza. “I wish Woods a full recovery, but unless he changes course, there’s little reason to feel optimistic about his recovery.” His thoughts are based on his personal experience associated with patients like

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

By Carrie Aurelius Wright/September 18,2019 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 wanting to help others, and wanting to cause real disruption to improve the “Standard of Care.” Along his pathway, DeBakey encountered naysayers, both Physicians and bureaucrats, who found comfort in the old “Standard of Care.” DeBakey’s pathway teaches us that innovators making the greatest “disruptions” should also expect the greatest roadblocks and ridicule. Something ironic: DeBakey’s naysayers included competing Physicians and bureaucrats, as expected, yet

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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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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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Three sisters mountains

Update From Sean G., Discseel® Procedure Patient

Sean is a Discseel® Procedure patient who recently checked in to let us know what he’s been up to since his procedure. He climbed the South Sister mountain of Oregon’s Three Sisters, a mountain that is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc. Each of the mountains that are part of the Three Sisters trio rises over 10,000 feet, making these mountains popular among avid climbers.

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doctors performing surgery

How Coronavirus is Affecting Elective Surgery

A surgery being called elective does not mean that it’s optional, it only means that the surgery is not immediately life-threatening and able to be scheduled in advance. While elective surgery is sometimes meant only to improve the quality of life of the patient, it is also used to refer to certain surgeries for serious conditions, such as cancer. Unfortunately, as cases of coronavirus increase and hospitals are forced to conserve resources, elective surgeries are being canceled, but can patients really afford for these procedures to be canceled?

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