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26 04, 2017

The Cost Effectiveness of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

April 26th, 2017|

Three evidenced based studies were reviewed to determine how exactly more cost effective was surgery versus non-surgical treatment and minimally invasive spine surgery versus open spine surgery. Study #1 The first looked at the cost-effectiveness of surgical versus non-surgical treatment for lumbar disc herniations over 2 years. This followed patients who received a discectomy for [...]

25 04, 2017

When To Choose Spine Surgery

April 25th, 2017|

Nearly all groups of patients with spinal stenosis -- but not smokers -- do better with surgery than with non-surgical treatment, reports a study in the October 1 issue of Spine. With the exception of smokers, patients who met strict inclusion criteria improved more with surgery than with non-operative treatment according to a study by The [...]

17 04, 2017

Back to Life: Efrain’s Story

April 17th, 2017| After suffering for years with a degenerative bone condition due to leukemia and the toll his pain took on his own life, and the lives of his loved ones, Efrain Yepes decided he would no longer live with the pain. He began his search for help and found the Bonati Spine Institute. Watch his story [...]

16 04, 2017

7 Ways To Have Healthier Bones

April 16th, 2017|

This article is excerpted from an article  titled 'Lifestyle and Diet Tips for Healthy Bones' by Kelly Andrews at on March 17, 2017. A healthy diet is not only comprised of a wide range of nutrients, but also involves eliminating poor quality food choices which can interfere with the assimilation of nutrients. Additionally, while [...]

12 04, 2017

5 Interesting Things To Know About MIS Surgeries

April 12th, 2017|

The acronym 'MIS' is short for minimally invasive spine surgery. The below factoids are six interesting things to know about MIS surgeries and how they compare to invasive open-back surgeries, like fusions. The below content of this blog was excerpted from Becker's Spine Review 20 things to know about minimally invasive spine surgery, written by [...]

10 04, 2017

Will my Disc Herniation Ever Heal?

April 10th, 2017|

Spinal discs herniate when the inner layer of a spinal disc pushes out through a tear in the tough exterior of the disc. Also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, a herniated disc is most often caused by disc degeneration. As you get older, the spinal discs can lose their water content making them [...]

4 04, 2017

The Bonati Spine Procedures vs. TENS Units

April 4th, 2017|

A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or TENS unit is a portable, pocket-sized, battery-operated device. Electrodes are applied to the skin at the area of pain. When turned on, an electric current is sent through the electrodes causing a tingling sensation in the underlying skin and muscle. The current is adjustable and may be applied in [...]

3 04, 2017

The Importance of Weight Loss for Back Pain Relief

April 3rd, 2017|

Often, overweight or obese patients suffer from back pain, but do not realize how their excess weight contributes to back pain. Although this link has not been studied thoroughly, there is clear evidence that excess weight increases the risk for joint pain, back pain, and muscle strain. In addition, obese or severely overweight patients exhibit [...]

28 03, 2017

Is Your Child’s Backpack Too Heavy?

March 28th, 2017|

Your child is likely to complain about a few things during the school year, like their teachers and homework. One thing they might not complain too loudly about, but that should be taken seriously, is back pain. From too small desks to low chairs to heavy backpacks, all of these could be contributing to some [...]

22 03, 2017

Exercises for Sciatica and Lower Back Pain Relief

March 22nd, 2017|

Sciatica is often thought of as a medical condition, but it’s actually a symptom of an underlying condition. But, no matter if it’s a condition or symptom, the pain felt by those with sciatica is often unbearable. What is Sciatica? Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which extends [...]

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