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Lumbar Endoscopic Spine Surgery
Spine Surgery

Lumbar Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Endoscopic spine surgery is a state-of-the-art, ultra-minimally invasive surgical technique that results in quicker recovery and less pain than traditional spine surgery.…

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What is a Herniated Disc in the Lower Back
Spine Surgery, Dr. Jessica Shellock, Back Pain

What is a Herniated Disc in the Lower Back

Between 60% and 80% of people will experience low back pain at some point their lives. One of the most common causes is a herniated disc. Also called a ruptured, protruding or bulging disc – this condition typically occurs in the lower back, and may also cause leg pain or sciatica.…

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The Latest Advancements in Spinal Fusion Surgery
Spine Surgery

The Latest Advancements in Spinal Fusion Surgery

Spinal fusion surgery isn’t what it is used to be. As with any surgery, the decision to undergo spinal fusion surgery should be made carefully in consultation with an experienced spine surgeon. However, if you have a parent or loved one who underwent spinal fusion decades ago, know that you will likely have a very different experience, thanks to recent advances in surgical techniques.…

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Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
Spine Surgery, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Dr. Jessica Shellock

Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease

Like most other body parts, the spine changes as we age. The discs in the spine – which act like shock absorbers between the vertebrae -- can show wear and tear. Like gray hair or wrinkles, these changes affect almost everyone who lives long enough. But when they cause pain or other symptoms, the medical diagnosis could be degenerative disc disease.…

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A Year in Review: 2021 Center for Disc Replacement at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery
Disc Replacement, Spine Surgery, Dr. Richard Guyer, Dr. Jack Zigler, Dr. Scott Blumenthal, Dr. Jessica Shellock

A Year in Review: 2021 Center for Disc Replacement at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery

2021 was another strange year, but that didn’t keep Drs. Blumenthal, Guyer, Shellock, and Zigler, co-directors of the Center for Disc Replacement at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery, from continuing their research and educational activities involving spine arthroplasty.…

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5 Common Causes of Neck and Lower Back Pain
Back Pain, Neck Pain, Spine Surgery, Disc Replacement

5 Common Causes of Neck and Lower Back Pain

Back and neck pain are common problems that can, in some cases my require surgical intervention. There are multiple causes of back and neck pain. People who sit continuously at their workstations can be especially susceptible to experiencing various types of neck and back problems. If you have been experiencing chronic back or neck pain, you can contact Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery to get connected with an experienced neck and back pain specialist on the medical staff. The physicians on the medical staff help patients with various spine issues including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and spinal instability. In this blog we discuss 5 common causes of neck and back pain.…

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Answering Common FAQ’s about Artificial Disc Replacement
Disc Replacement, Spine Surgery

Answering Common FAQ’s about Artificial Disc Replacement

When it comes to disc replacement surgery, we get a lot of questions. In this article Dr. Richard Guyer, orthopedic spine surgeon and co-director of the Center for Disc Replacement at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about total disc replacement surgery.…

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Spine Surgery, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Orthopedics, Dr. Jessica Shellock

Questions before back surgery

If you find yourself saying, “Oh my nagging back!” … or … “I can’t take this neck pain anymore!”—and more conservative forms of treatment are no longer working—you may want to find a spine specialist nearby to discuss your back or neck surgery options. In order to get the most out of your appointment, why not come prepared with a list of questions? We asked Jessica Shellock, M.D., a board certified orthopedic spine surgeon with the Center for Disc Replacement at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery, to share 10 essential questions to help you get started.…

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Avoid Back Pain With These Tips
Dr. Rey Bosita, Women's Health, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Spine Surgery

Avoid Back Pain With These Tips

Dr. Rey Bosita, an orthopedic spine surgeon and member of the Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery medical staff shares 7 tips to help women avoid back pain.…

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Avoiding Back Injuries While Exercising
Fitness Profile, Spine Surgery, Back Pain

Avoiding Back Injuries While Exercising

Dr. Peter Derman, spine surgeon on the medical staff, shares some expert insight on risk factors for back and spine injuries, how to prevent and treat them, and whether weightlifting is safe for kids.…

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