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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

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