What Happens During a Single-Level Cervical Fusion?

By : on : March 6, 2019 comments : (0)

The surgery is termed an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, or ACDF for short. When a patient undergoes a single-level cervical fusion surgery, it is typically a two part process: Decompression. The surgeon removes the intervertebral disc between the adjacent vertebrae, as well as any other structures that might be irritating a spinal nerve or […]

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How to Relieve Stress Before and After Surgery

By : on : February 18, 2019 comments : (0)

Ask questions. Talk with your healthcare providers about your surgery. Surgery can commonly cause anxiety, feelings of being overwhelmed, and nervousness. These feelings can make it difficult to understand, remember, and retain important information. Discuss any fears. Write questions down before you come to your pre op teaching appointment. Take notes. If you think of […]

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Spinal Spinal Cord Compression. Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

By : on : February 11, 2019 comments : (0)

The spinal cord starts at the base of the skull and ends in the lower thoracic or upper lumbar area of the spine. At each level of the spine, nerves leave the spinal cord to innervate parts of the body. In the cervical spine, or neck area, these nerves provide sensation and movement to the […]

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Is a back brace good for my low back pain?

By : on : January 30, 2019 comments : (0)

Back braces come in many shapes and sizes providing different levels of lumbar (low back) support. Some braces require prescriptions from your doctors. Others can be ordered online or bought at a local stores. While back braces can be helpful for some injuries, there are pros and cons when using back braces. A back brace […]

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Smoking and Spinal Surgery

By : on : January 18, 2019 comments : (0)

Just how bad does nicotine impact spinal fusion? What do I need to know to help my chances of successfully quitting smoking? Spinal fusion (also termed arthrodesis) is a surgical procedure used to join bony segments of the spine. Fusion techniques are often used in coordination with decompressive surgery in which bone spurs, unhealthy joints, […]

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By : on : January 11, 2019 comments : (0)

Patients often ask about the practice of Yoga. Patients that suffer from back or neck pain, have undergone surgery, or are needing surgery want to know if yoga would help them improve their pain. Below is a recent question from on of my patients and my response. Patient’s Question: I would like to start yoga, […]

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What is a bone spur?

By : on : January 3, 2019 comments : (0)

Patients often come to our office after being diagnosed with a “bone spur” that was seen on an x-ray, MRI or CT scan of their spine. Many times patients are told that the bone spur is the cause of their pain. Bone spurs in the spine may cause symptoms, however, often these are painless findings […]

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Sciatica Treatment Options

By : on : September 25, 2018 comments : (0)

As many as 40% of Americans experience some form of sciatica at one point in their lives. Sciatica is a symptom and is described as pain that often starts in the lower back and travels down the buttocks, hips and legs. Often time the symptoms are unilateral but depending on the cause of sciatica, symptoms […]

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Key Factors in Picking a Spine Doctor

By : on : June 12, 2018 comments : (0)

By Saeid E. Aryan, DO I’ve been practicing medicine for 10 years and have performed over 3000 surgical cases. I’m a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in spine and brain surgeries and the founder and medical director of Axis Brain and Back Institute. I’m commonly asked what I feel are the the key factors in picking a […]

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The Benefits of Stem Cells

By : on : May 14, 2018 comments : (0)

By Saeid E. Aryan, DO If you have read the local paper or seen a local ad from a variety of doctors…it’s stem cells, stem cells and some more stem cells. But what are they and what can they do for you? First off, stem cell treatment is not new. In fact, amniotic fluids containing […]

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