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10 07, 2018

Protect Your Spine in Warm Weather

July 10th, 2018|

This article is excerpted from Spine-Health.com’s article titled, “Tips to Protect Your Spine in Warm Weather” written by Sharad Rajpal, MD on July 3, 2018. When the weather warms up in the summer, it’s natural to spend more time being active outside and enjoying nature. Along with all of the benefits of sunshine, fresh air [...]

3 07, 2018

A Case Against Fusion #7

July 3rd, 2018|

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is a generalized term used to describe the condition of a patient whose initial spinal surgery was unsuccessful. As a result of the unsuccessful spine surgery, a patient may still be dealing with the same pain as before or the surgery has led to more significant problems and worsening pain. [...]

26 06, 2018

Back to Life: Stuart’s Story

June 26th, 2018|

https://youtu.be/1eI8XIsfnXQ Stuart Baker is a hard-working man, with a soft spot for people and for his four-legged friends. He dealt most of his life with lower back pain that had only occasionally bothered him, but in 2014 it quickly began to intensify and travel down his legs. A visit with another doctor left him with [...]

11 06, 2018

InTouch Rugby Feature: Back Pain Health Guide

June 11th, 2018|

This original article, written by Dr. Bonati, was part of a BACK PAIN HEALTH GUIDE! Dealing with Pain, learning coping strategies, eliminating pain, improving posture and living pain free PRODUCTS & SERVICES Lists & Editorials Segment!, article on InTouch Rugby.com, posted on April 16, 2018. Having worked for years in orthopaedic surgery I was unsatisfied [...]

1 06, 2018

OHSU Study: One-Fifth of Fusion Surgery Patients Develop PTSD Symptoms

June 1st, 2018|

This article was originally posted on the Oregon Health & Science University News page in September 2012. Nearly 20 percent of people who underwent low back fusion surgery developed post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms associated with that surgery, according to a recent Oregon Health & Science University study published in the journal Spine. Past studies have noted PTSD [...]

24 05, 2018

Studies: Majority of Invasive Open-Back Surgeries Fail

May 24th, 2018|

An estimated 800,000 Americans undergo invasive, open and instrumented back operations each year. Many of those patients report increased and ongoing pain following their surgeries. The instances of this happening are so great, the condition has a name: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). The number one reason back surgeries fail, and some patients experience continued pain, [...]

17 05, 2018

Back to Life: Dr. Stephanie’s Story

May 17th, 2018|

https://youtu.be/RHyq3u-v8MQ After a fusion surgery, many  lose the ability to move the spine at the place where the procedure was done. This “locking” of the spine’s segment invariably forces adjacent parts of the spine to compensate and try to keep the spine flexible. Unfortunately, this stresses and overloads those upper and lower vertebrae, forcing the intervertebral discs [...]

15 05, 2018

Do I Have Bone Spurs?

May 15th, 2018|

What Exactly Are Bone Spurs? Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are small projections or enlargements of bone that grow on the skeletal body.  Bone spurs often arise from osteoarthritis and may also develop as a result of general aging and different spinal conditions. Symptoms Bone spurs themselves are not painful. However, when they rub against nearby nerves [...]

1 05, 2018

How Are The Bonati Spine Procedures Different From Other Spine Surgeries?

May 1st, 2018|

To begin with, the Bonati Spine Procedures are significantly less invasive than other types of spine surgeries, like fusions and other open-spine surgeries. They were created and perfected by orthopaedic surgeon and Bonati Spine Institute founder Alfred O. Bonati and utilize patented instruments and methods, solely performed by surgeons trained exclusively by Dr. Bonati. In other words, no other [...]

14 04, 2018

A Case Against Fusion #6

April 14th, 2018|

A new study published in the March 1, 2018 issue of the medical journal Spine determined the readmission rates and predictors of readmission after posterior cervical fusion (PCF). Data was collected from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database from a total of 3,401 patients from 2006 to 2013. A multi-level fusion [...]

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