second opinion before spine surgery

Why You Should Get a Second Opinion Before Committing to Spine Surgery

Getting a second opinion before spine surgery is incredibly important for patients to make sure that they’re getting the best treatment for their condition. The problem is that while most patients who have been recommended surgery want to get a second opinion, very few actually do. It’s common for patients to feel that getting a second opinion means that they’re second-guessing their doctor’s expertise. The truth is, getting a second opinion makes you a more active and informed patient. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommends seeking out a second opinion before spine surgery. Seeking a

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Why is Ineffective & Unnecessary Spine Surgery So Common?

Despite clinical trials and studies showing that spine surgery isn’t beneficial for patients, it has become more common. In fact, when compared to non-surgical treatment, spinal fusion does not provide significantly better outcomes for patients. So why does unnecessary spine surgery continue to take place? The decision of whether or not to undergo surgery is serious and should never be taken lightly. If you’re suffering from back or neck pain and have been told surgery is your only option, research your options. Make sure that spine surgery is truly the best option for your specific situation. Factors Contributing to the

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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 about the death of Ötzi the Iceman 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 Ötzi’s story ended inconclusively or with an inaccurate resolution, until now.  Thanks to Dr. Kevin Pauza’s research, we now know

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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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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

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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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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