Neurosurgery One Blog

Injection Therapy Before, After or in Place of Spine Surgery

Posted by NeurosurgeryOne on Nov 19, 2019 7:57:00 AM

If you suffer from back pain or neck pain and come to us for help, you can rest assured that we try to use the most effective but least invasive therapy appropriate for your condition and goals. That’s why we have both neurosurgeons and physiatrists in our practice to offer comprehensive spine options, including spine surgery, injection therapy, and rehabilitation. Although our neurosurgeons have always teamed with pain specialists and rehabilitation experts, we now have two physiatrists within our practice -- Erasmus G. Morfe, D.O., and Jason Peragine, M.D. -- who provide nonsurgical treatments to help reduce pain, restore function and improve quality of life.

If a patient comes to our practice having already tried medication and physical therapy, the next step might be spinal injections. Spinal injections can be used before or after spine surgery, or sometimes can help patients avoid spine surgery.

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Topics: spine surgery, injections for back pain, spinal injections

Spine Surgery Patient Gets Quicker Recovery with Less Pain

Posted by NeurosurgeryOne on Nov 3, 2019 6:27:12 PM

Same surgery. Same surgeon. Same hospital.

You really can’t blame Dee Vashus for expecting the recovery from her May 2019 lumbar surgery to be the same as it was when Denver neurosurgeon David Vansickle, M.D., performed the same procedure nearly 10 years ago.

But instead, thanks to a new program at NeurosurgeryOne and Littleton Adventist Hospital, the experience was like night and day in terms of reducing her postsurgical pain and easing her recovery.

Although Dee’s outcome isn’t a perfectly controlled experiment, her results do tell a very compelling story. She believes that the difference in her recovery can be directly attributed to a new program called ERAS, which stands for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery. ERAS is designed to get patients home from the hospital sooner, decrease their use of opioids and other narcotic pain medications after surgery, and get them back to regular activities as soon as possible.

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Topics: spine surgery, Protocol for Quicker Recovery

What can I expect during recovery from back surgery?

Posted by NeurosurgeryOne on Jul 11, 2018 11:30:00 AM

What can I expect during recovery from back surgery?

Just as every patient is unique and every surgery is different, no two patients experience recovery from back surgery in exactly the same way.

One thing almost all patients have in common: questions about their recovery from spine surgery. Here we answer some of common questions patients often ask about recovery from spine surgery. 

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Topics: spine surgery, back surgery

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