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  • Study links chronic low back pain and illicit drug use in patients in community setting

    Adults with chronic low back pain in the United States were more likely to use marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine and were also more likely to have a current prescription for pain-relieving opioid analgesics than adults without chronic low back pain, according to investigators.

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  • Surgery for back pain reduces problems with sex life-related pain

    For patients with degenerative spinal disease, surgery is more effective in reducing pain that interferes with sexual activity, compared to nonsurgical treatment.

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  • Minimally Invasive Microdiscectomy

    Microdiscectomy is performed for patients with a painful lumbar herniated disc often known as sciatica. Microdiscectomy is a very common surgery performed by spine surgeons. The operation consists of removing a portion of the intervertebral disc, the herniated or protruding portion that is compressing the spinal nerve root.

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  • Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) using Cortical Bone Trajectory Screw Fixation

    A transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is a surgical procedure that stabilizes the spine and reduces back and leg pain by joining two or more vertebral bones by fusing them with bone forming across the disc space. This minimally invasive technique is used to prevent abnormal movement and allowing for restoration of disc height which then relieves the pressure on the spinal nerves and alleviates leg and back pain without having to open the patient from the front or abdomen and back or a “360” fusion as some of those surgeries are known.

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  • Lateral Lumbar Fusion

    The Lateral Interbody Fusion is an approach to spinal fusion in which the surgeon accesses the intervertebral disc space and fuses the lumbar spine (low back) using a surgical approach from the side (lateral) rather than from the front (anterior) or the back (posterior). Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure in which two or more of the vertebrae in the spine are united together so that motion no longer occurs between them eliminating back pain and abnormal movements of the spine.

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  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • The Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland & Labrador
  • North American Skull Base Society
  • North American Spine Society