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The 5 Undisputable Rules for Gardening Safety
back pain, Dr. James Walter, Orthopedics

The 5 Undisputable Rules for Gardening Safety

Gardening is something many people love to do but, if you end up with an injury it can really take a toll on your body and your garden! Dr. James Walter, an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery, shares his tips for keeping gardening fun and free from injury.…

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Changing the Meaning of DIY to: "Don't Injure Yourself"
Back Pain, Dr. Rey Bosita, Neck Pain

Changing the Meaning of DIY to: "Don't Injure Yourself"

Doing things yourself usually sounds like a good way to save money and gain some confidence in your capabilities, unless of course, it ends in a do-it-yourself injury. Dr. Rey Bosita, an orthopedic spine surgeon on our medical staff has seen his share of DIY injuries. Here are some of his tips.…

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Wear and Tear on Your Joints: 5 Factors to Consider
Joint Replacement Program, Dr. Hohman, Knee Replacement, Hip Replacement

Wear and Tear on Your Joints: 5 Factors to Consider

For several years, joint replacements have been the most common elective surgeries in the United States. It appears those numbers will continue to grow. At a meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) it was reported that the average age for hip replacements is getting younger, and the number of men getting these new joints is increasing. The AAOS says that the most common total joint replacement procedures in the United States are total knee replacements (about 700,000 a year) and total hip replacements (about 400,000 a year) and "the advances over time have been remarkable." In many cases the total joint replacement procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, with patients returning home on the same day of surgery.…

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Going the Distance – Ashleigh Travels from Las Vegas to Texas for Disc Replacement
Patient Journey, Disc Replacement

Going the Distance – Ashleigh Travels from Las Vegas to Texas for Disc Replacement

When it came to back pain, miles didn’t matter to active 39-year-old Ashleigh Tagliaferri. She traveled from Las Vegas, NV to Plano, TX for artificial disc replacement surgery to help relieve debilitating back pain.…

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What's The Difference Between A Meniscus Tear & An ACL Tear?

As one of the key joints in our leg, our knees are exposed to considerable wear and tear on a daily basis. Two of the key components in helping us deal with this wear and tear are the meniscus and the anterior cruciate ligament, more commonly known as the ACL.…

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The Symptoms Of A Torn Meniscus & How They Can Be Treated - Symptoms, Treatment & When Surgery Required

Meniscus tears are one of the most common cartilage injuries that can affect your knee. Causing pain, swelling, discomfort, and potentially preventing you from walking properly, they can be a serious short and long-term issue. But just what is the meniscus?…

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The Unique Challenges for Women Golfers – Here are 5 Ways to Avoid Injury and Play Better
Back Pain, Disc Replacement

The Unique Challenges for Women Golfers – Here are 5 Ways to Avoid Injury and Play Better

One factor that is consistent between both men and women golfers is that, back pain will often result when improper body mechanics and equipment is used for the sport. Dr. Scott Blumenthal, an orthopedic spine surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery, has treated a number of men and women for back pain caused by playing golf. He outlined some gender differences that should be taken into consideration.…

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Successful Joint Replacement Surgery - What You Should Know
Joint replacement

Successful Joint Replacement Surgery - What You Should Know

"Our process can start before a patient even sees the doctor. We offer a joint replacement assessment and complete guide to joint replacement surgery on our website. Often patients reach out to ask questions about joint replacement and request assistance with finding a joint replacement surgeon. If the surgeon determines the patient is a surgical candidate, we reach out to the patient to schedule their Pre-Assessment appointment and their personal educational class. We offer both in person and virtual classes for the patients convenience. We are in contact with the patient every step of the way. We visit with them the day of surgery, we visit them in their hospital room and once they are discharged, we continue to follow up with them on their progress and give encouragement throughout their recovery."…

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Difference Between Partial Knee Replacement & Total Knee Replacement

Difference Between Partial Knee Replacement & Total Knee Replacement

Currently, around 7 million or so Americans are living with some variety of knee or hip replacement, with around 600,000 more undergoing a knee replacement each year. This number has been steadily growing in recent years for a variety of reasons; people are living longer and accordingly, may need some replacement parts as their originals wear out. Additionally, technology and surgical techniques are improving, which enables the procedure to be carried out less invasively and with a shorter recovery time. This makes it a considerably more attractive option than it might have been in previous decades.…

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Modern Medicine With Robotic Surgery

Modern Medicine With Robotic Surgery

For more than 35 years, surgeons have been enhancing their skills in the operating room with robotic technology. Whether it’s simple mechanisms used to hold patients in place or utilizing multifaceted systems to carry out delicate procedures, the intertwining of human and machine has helped surgeons perform better work — and deliver better patient outcomes.…

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