South Denver Neurosurgery Blog

Free Community Talk: Living Your Best Life with Parkinson's Disease

Posted by South Denver Neurosurgery on Apr 9, 2018 3:29:06 PM

Learn about the latest advancements in DBS Therapy.

Deep brain stimulation therapy has been proven over the past 20 years to be an effective treatment option for symptoms of Parkinson's disease. The latest advancements to DBS offer innovations in the way the therapy is delivered and how it is controlled.

Attend this free informational seminar to learn more about DBS therapy, including the benefits and risks of this therapy. 

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Topics: DBS questions, Asleep deep brain stimulation, Dr. David VanSickle

Harnessing the body’s cells to help relieve neck pain

Posted by Paul Boone, MD on Mar 28, 2018 10:06:34 AM

An emerging, leading-edge treatment combines surgery with the regenerative power of stem cells to relieve chronic neck pain.

I have been using adult stem cells as a part of anterior cervical discectomy with fusion (ACDF) surgery for about three years. I’ve found that the combination is highly successful in relieving patient neck pain. The procedure isn’t as widely used as you might expect, considering how effective it is.

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Topics: ACDF, neck pain

Disc replacement surgery for neck pain offers many advantages

Posted by Paul Boone, MD on Mar 8, 2018 8:17:34 AM

Many people don’t realize that pain and numbness in the hands and arms can be caused by conditions in the neck. If you’ve tried medications, physical therapy, maybe even alternative therapies, and your pain or numbness persists over weeks or months — and threatens to keep you from enjoying life — surgery may be an option.

Once you’ve decided on surgery to relieve pain, your next decision is: What kind of neck surgery? There are many options, and the best one for you depends on many factors, including the cause of your pain, and your goals for surgery.

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Topics: degenerative disc, Denver spine surgeon, denver spine surgery, disc replacement, ACDF

How Stem Cell Therapy Works for Degenerative Discs

Posted by Ben Guiot on Feb 23, 2018 12:54:24 PM

A patient’s own stem cells may be the key to relieving back pain

As a Denver spine surgeon with 30 years of experience, I am continually excited about research into opportunities to improve spine surgery. Currently, I am involved in research to evaluate the regenerative effects of adult stem cells and to determine if they can help alleviate low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. But many patients have questions about how stem cells work and where stem cells come from. First, it helps to understand degenerative disc disease.

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Topics: where do stem cells come from, stem cell therapy for back pain, stem cell therapy, adult stem cells

VAST Study

Posted by Ben Guiot, MD on Jan 11, 2018 4:25:29 PM

Regenerative therapy has received increasing amounts of attention in recent years. And now we’re studying how best to use a novel therapy to treat degenerated discs that cause lower back pain. Degenerative disc disease is an age-related phenomenon affecting the intervertebral discs. These discs are spacers that act as cushions between the bones of the spine. As we age, the discs dry out, tear and become compressed. Degenerative disc disease can be quite painful, limiting mobility and affecting quality of life.

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Topics: research, VAST study

Mazor: The Latest Advancement in Sacroiliac Joint Surgery in Denver

Posted by Ben Guiot, MD on Jan 2, 2018 2:57:39 PM

Spine surgery robot provides extra precision

South Denver Neurosurgery has long been performing sacroiliac (SI) joint surgery using minimally invasive techniques. But now, surgery to treat SI joint pain is getting even more precise. That’s because we’ve added the Mazor robot to our surgical toolbox.

Mazor is a surgical robot that assists with navigation around the spine. It’s a bit like the GPS in your car, except this system operates in millimeters rather than miles.


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Topics: sacroiliac joint surgery, Mazor Renaissance robotic surgery system, SI joint surgery, surgery for SI joint dysfunction

Shining a Light on the Facts of Laser Spine Surgery

Posted by South Denver Neurosurgery on Nov 8, 2017 2:34:43 PM

Laser spine surgery.

The very description conjures images of the latest space-age technology coming to the operating room.

But that’s not exactly the case, says South Denver Neurosurgery spine expert Paul Boone, MD.

“Lasers aren’t used in surgery the way people imagine,” Boone says. “It’s not Star Wars.”

A laser is a focused light beam that is powerful enough to be used for cutting tissues. Laser technology is used in many types of medical procedures, including eye surgery, tumor removal, and cosmetic procedures.

But often, the term “laser surgery” is used to describe what may, in fact, be minimally invasive spinal surgery, Boone says.

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Topics: spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, Denver spine surgeon, laser spine surgery

Steve Kerr Aside, Spine Surgery Works in Right Cases

Posted by South Denver Neurosurgery on May 30, 2017 9:40:52 AM

Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr may be successful and widely admired for his abilities as a coach and a player. What he may not be is a guy you want to take medical advice from.

Kerr, head coach of arguably the season’s best NBA team, is sitting out the Warriors’ 2017 playoff run. He was sidelined by complications stemming from a spinal fluid leak after a 2015 surgery for a ruptured disc. But the 51-year-old coach and former player did not go quietly onto the bench. In April, he publicly advised anyone with back pain to “stay away from surgery,” and stick to physical therapy instead.


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Topics: spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, degenerative disc, back pain, Denver spine surgeon