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When Is Lumbar Fusion Necessary?

When talking to my patients, I’ve found that there is often concern about the prospect of having lumbar fusion surgery. Although I always encourage them to carefully consider their surgical...

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What Is XLIF and Is It Right for Me?

Advances in spinal fusion surgery have made a tremendous difference in the way I’m able to treat my patients. When I have a patient who would benefit from a spinal fusion in their lower back, I...

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Listen to a Podcast Featuring Dr. Bray

“Imagine going into the doctor in the morning to check in for spine surgery, and then going home that night and sleeping in your own bed. It seems totally unfathomable to have a serious spine...

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What Does it Mean to be Over 7 Feet Tall in the NBA - Hear from Dr. Bray

What is it like being an athlete over 7 feet tall? According to David Gardner of Bleacher Report, it is both a blessing and a curse. In Gardner’s recent article on how the demand for extremely...

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When should I see a doctor about lumbar back pain?

With lumbar back pain being so prevalent, it’s a dilemma you are likely to face—should you go see a doctor for the pain, or should you wait it out at home? Most cases of back pain will resolve...

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Does Having Lumbar Back Pain Mean That I Need Surgery?

Some people live with lumbar back pain for years, worried that a visit to a specialist will ultimately lead to surgery. But as a spine surgeon, I have some good news … Most of the time, surgery...

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Can a herniated disc heal on its own?

We know certain spine conditions can develop as we age because of wear and tear over time. However, in my practice as a spine surgeon, I see a lot of young and active individuals who have...

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Understanding the Basics of ALIF

Spine surgery isn’t one-size-fits-all. When my patients come in to discuss surgery, it’s important to develop an individualized approach and tailor their treatment to what’s best for their...

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Patient Story: Jimmy Spithill

When Jimmy Spithill, Australian sailor, tore a tendon in his elbow in a freak accident during training, he knew he was out of the race. It was, in his words, “really disappointing.”

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What is Microdiscectomy?

by: Richard Kim, MD

As a physician who specializes in microdiscectomies, I see a number of patients who experience back and leg pain as the result of a herniated disc in their spine. Sometimes,...

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MRSA Infection and Surgery—What Can Be Done to Prevent It?

Bacteria can be found everywhere. You even have bacteria living on your body, from inside your nostrils to the surface of your skin. Generally, this doesn’t cause any problems. However, any time...