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Artificial Disc Replacement: A New Option for Spinal Fusion

Artificial disc replacement (ADR) is a surgical procedure that involves replacing a damaged intervertebral disc in the spine with an artificial disc. This procedure is typically considered for...

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Learn more about Lumbar Fusion Surgery

Lumbar Fusion Overview:

Lumbar fusion surgery, also known as spinal fusion surgery, is a procedure designed to “weld” adjacent vertebrae into one solid bone in the lower back (lumbar spine),...

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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 options,...

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What is ACDF (Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion)?

If you've recently been advised that your chronic neck pain can be remedied by ACDF surgery, it's time to start preparing for the operation. No surgery should be entered into without first...

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Questions to Ask Your Physician About Cervical Spinal Fusion (Arthrodesis) Surgery

If you think you might be a candidate for cervical spinal fusion, it's time to have a thoughtful conversation with your doctor. No one should approach surgery without investigating all of the...

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Spinal Fusion Inquiry Shows The Value In A Tempered Approach To Care

A couple weeks ago, CBS News came out with an analysis of spinal fusion surgeries being carried out around the country. Their investigation sought to determine the prevalence of the procedure and...

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Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion (ACDF)

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that relieves symptoms caused by a bulging or degenerative disc in the neck. Pressure on a cervical nerve...

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Spinal Fusion Recovery

Pain in the lower back (lumbar spine) is the second most common reason for visits to the family physician. Typically lumbar pain can improve without surgery, through conservative therapy, i.e....

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XLIF: Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Dr. John Regan discusses the advantages of the minimally invasive spinal fusion XLIF technique. For patients who require fusion, XLIF, provides many advantages because of the smaller incision,...

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ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

ALIF is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc disease. The surgeon will stabilize the spine by fusing vertebrae together with bone graft material.