Back and Neck Surgery Blog Posts

What Are Cages and Why Is Your Surgeon Putting One in Your Spine?

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Often, the spinal fusion procedure includes using a cage as a space holder between your vertebrae. This cage will become a part of your spine forever, so it’s important to understand what it is and why it’s there.

37 Must-Haves after Your Back Surgery

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Learn how to best prepare for recovery after back surgery.

Questions to Ask When Your Surgeon Recommends Cervical Fusion

Illustration of the steps of an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) procedure
Be prepared when your spine surgeon suggests a cervical fusion. Consider printing out these questions and bringing them with you to your consultation.

Will Surgery Make Your Neck Pain Better or Worse?

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Is neck surgery the right option for you? Ask yourself these two questions to find out.

3 Tips to Aid Your Recovery from Lower Back Surgery

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Small changes can make a big difference when it comes to recovering from lower back surgery.

5 Ways to Avoid Undergoing Back Surgery

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Not all conditions that cause back pain require surgery. Try these 5 non-surgical treatments for back pain relief.

Why Do I Need Psychological Screening for Spinal Cord Stimulation?

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Here’s what to expect during the psychological screening required before starting spinal cord stimulation.

6 Things to Know about Cervical Artificial Discs

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Cervical disc replacement has become a more common treatment for cervical disc disease, but what sets it apart from anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) and how can you choose between them? Here are 6 pieces of information to help guide your choice.

How to Improve your Chance of Having a Successful Spine Fusion Surgery

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As a spine fusion patient, you play an active role in ensuring your fusion is a success. Learn what you can do to create a favorable chance for a successful spine fusion.

How and When to Get a Second Opinion Before Spine Surgery

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It is often said that no one should have spine surgery unless they receive a second opinion from another surgeon. On the surface, this advice would sound like good old common sense, as two opinions are better than one. However, there is a trap in this line of thinking.

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