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Lumbar Spine Surgery in Tularosa NM 88352

Dr. Christopher A. Yeung of Desert Institute for Spine Care in Phoenix, AZ graduated magna cum laude from the University of California San Diego, and was in the top five percent of his medical class at The University of Southern California School of Medicine. Dr. Yeung completed an orthopedic residency at the University of California Irvine Medical Center. He then did a spine surgery fellowship at USC Center for Orthopedic Spine Surgery/Los Lumbar Spine Surgery Tularosa NM 88352 Angeles Spine Surgery.

Desert Institute for Spine Care (DISC) and Dr. Yeung in particular, have played a lead role in investigative FDA studies focusing on lower back pain and its treatment. Dr. Yeung has been the principal investigator in many FDA studies including the Flexicore lumbar artificial disc replacement, Cervicore cervical artificial disc replacement, and DASCOR total nucleus replacement. Dr. Yeung and the team at DISC are always striving to be among the Tularosa NM 88352 first to get these innovative techniques approved and available to those suffering from debilitating back pain.

Presently Dr. Yeung is heading up an investigational study to evaluate the benefits and efficacy of the Intracept Procedure, a one-hour treatment designed to treat chronic low back pain at its source. The SMART Clinical study is being conducted at several different locations throughout the country to determine whether this one-hour outpatient procedure, in which a probe Lumbar Spine Surgery Tularosa NM 88352 is advanced into the vertebrae and positioned at the basivertebral nerve, is effective at eliminating low back pain with minimal intrusion to the patient.

Radiofrequency energy is delivered directly into the nerve rendering it unable to produce pain signals. Only those individuals with lower back pain that does not extend into the lower extremities are eligible for participation in the SMART Clinical study. This procedure is potentially effective at treating low back pain Tularosa NM 88352 that is concentrated only in the lower back and does not radiate into the lower body.

We took a few minutes of Dr. Yeung’s busy schedule to ask him about the Intracept Procedure and how it may be on the cutting edge of minimally invasive spinal surgery.

Doctor, what made you get involved in the SMART Clinical Trial and how is this procedure different from other options that are available?

Doctor Yeung: The Company approached Tularosa NM 88352 us because of our experience in minimally invasive spine procedures. We do a lot of percutaneous endoscopic discectomy type of work and so they approached us to get involved in this new study.

I think one of the reasons was because it is a truly minimally invasive way to treat vertebrogenic degenerative back pain. Instead of a big open surgery, it’s actually treating the pain through a small incision, essentially like a large Tularosa NM 88352 needle, which allows a probe to go into the vertebral body and basically ablate or burn the nerve that transmits the pain from the vertebral body.

For us, it was really exciting to be a part of this study and we are honored to be a part of this study because it could revolutionize the treatment of degenerative disc disease and vertebrogenic back pain. It’s very exciting because it is a big difference Tularosa NM 88352 compared to open fusion.

Who would benefit from this procedure and how would someone qualify? Does this procedure treat all types of low back pain? Is there any type of hospitalization involved and what is the cost to the patient?

Dr. Yeung: There is no cost to the patient. The study sponsor absorbs all the cost of the treatment. The patients that would benefit from this are people with chronic low back pain without Tularosa NM 88352 any sciatica or radiculopathy, they don’t have any nerve compression. Nerve compression would cause pain going down the legs, if they have nerve compression they would be excluded from the study.

People with chronic back pain from the vertebral bodies are the people who would qualify for this. A lot of times it’s difficult to tell where the back pain is coming from because there is so many structures in the back that Tularosa NM 88352 can be causing pain. It could be the vertebra and those are the patients that would qualify or it could be the actual disc itself or it could be the facet joints in the back or maybe the muscles and the ligaments.

It’s sometimes difficult to figure out where the actual pain is coming from but for the study they are using MRI criteria. People who have chronic back pain and on the Tularosa NM 88352 MRI they have inflammatory changes or degenerative changes in the vertebral bodies themselves, those are the people that would qualify.

Those changes that we are looking for are called MODIC changes. We want to try to eliminate the people that have pain coming from their facet joints and looking mostly at people with pain coming from pressure across the vertebral bodies. As the discs degenerate and collapse they are not an effective cushion Tularosa NM 88352 between the two vertebral body bones. This causes more pressure across those bones and they get inflamed and you can see some chronic bony changes and those are the people we are targeting.

There is a nerve called the basil vertebral nerve that goes into the vertebral body and it branches out and innervates the weight bearing surfaces of those vertebral bodies. The study is designed to go in and ablate or burn Tularosa NM 88352 that nerve so that basically you can short circuit the pain response from those vertebral bodies in plates.

Doctor, how long does the surgery take with this procedure?

Dr. Yeung: Typically if you’re treating two vertebral bodies that would be like an L4 and L5 vertebral body and would be on either side of the L4 or L5 disc. That would probably take about an hour and ten minutes for the procedure. At each Tularosa NM 88352 level you have to heat the nerve for about fifteen minutes each. The set up usually takes about an hour. You don’t get general anesthesia, it is just local anesthetic and some sedation.

Is this technique the future of treating low back pain? Will this replace other methods of treatment for this specific type of back pain?

Dr. Yeung: I don’t think it will replace everything completely. I think it’s another weapon in our Tularosa NM 88352 fight against back pain. It can basically prolong the need for large fusion and also obviate the need for fusion.

If someone has degenerative disc disease and vertebrogenic back pain, right now the option is live with it or get fusion or disc replacement surgery. This can hopefully alleviate the pain from the source, from the nerve and then the patient won’t need to have that reconstructive spine surgery if their pain is Tularosa NM 88352 relieved.

Hopefully this pans out and it’s effective. That’s what the study is designed to figure out.

How can someone find out if they are eligible for this study? Where would they go for more information?

Dr. Yeung: The best place would be the website. On the website it shows all the participating sites across the country. Hopefully there is one close to that person that is seeking more information. I think there is contact Tularosa NM 88352 information there also. They can contact the company or if they are in Phoenix, Arizona they can just contact my clinic directly. DISC has clinics in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Gilbert, Arizona. There are about fifteen clinics across the country they can contact.

What are some of the characteristics that differentiate Desert Institute for Spine Care from other practices?

Dr. Yeung: One of the things that differentiates us from other clinics is our ability to Tularosa NM 88352 offer a full spectrum of treatment from injection treatment to minimally invasive techniques. We can do endoscopic discectomy that not a lot of people know how to do. It is a seven millimeter incision that’s like scoping the knee so we can offer that to patients for herniated discs and that’s probably the biggest differentiator for us, not a lot of people can offer that.

We also offer all the traditional treatments such Tularosa NM 88352 as fusion and open laminectomies when that’s appropriate and they are not appropriate for the minimally invasive techniques. We offer a full spectrum of care from non-operative to bigger open surgeries with all the specialized minimally invasive techniques. We are also one of the few clinics that train a lot of people so we travel a lot to teach.

I’m here in New York to conduct a course to help train other neurosurgeons Tularosa NM 88352 out here on the technique.
My dad, myself and other partners, we travel all around and lecture about this and help teach it in cadaver labs. We support a lot of research and participate in FDA studies. Some of the newer cutting edge technologies that are being studied can be offered here for appropriate patients.

Doctor Yeung, thank you for your time and providing insight into Intracept Procedure and its potential benefits.

Dr. Yeung: Tularosa NM 88352 You’re welcome.

Dr. Christopher Yeung, MD, Desert Institute for Spine Care, can be contacted at 602-944-2900. For more information on DISC Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Gilbert clinics, visit: sciatica.com. For more information on The SMART Clinical Study and the Intracept Procedure contact Desert Institute for Spine Care directly at 602-944-2900 or visit http://www.smartclinicalstudy.com.

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Lumbar Spine Surgery in Mora NM 87732

Many of us suffer from debilitating back pain, some lasting a few days, some lasting months at a time. In fact, lower back pain is one of the most common injuries treated in hospital emergency departments and urgent care facilities, and leading cause of long term disability around the world. Whether you injure yourself bending over to pick up a light box, or simply wake up with a backache Lumbar Spine Surgery Mora NM 87732 that just won’t go away, it important to determine the odds of the backache resolving spontaneously, or whether you need professional help.

As a back pain sufferer myself, I have personal experience in this subject. At the same time, I am also a medical provider in a major hospital emergency department, and routinely form treatment plans and write prescription medications for my patients. The following are some general recommendations for Mora NM 87732 home treatment of acute, minor back pain. Chronic back pain (severe pain lasting more than a week) should be deal with, by your physician.

One of the most common ways that patients injure their back is by simply lifting a box, turning their upper body, or some other innocent movement. If your body muscles are tight, and you over stretch them, they will simply tear. So if the event that Lumbar Spine Surgery Mora NM 87732 caused your minor back pain was from a minor twist or lifting an object, and it’s been less than a week since your accident, chances are you’ll be ok. In most cases of muscle strain, the healing process is spontaneous and supportive care is all you need to get well. Of course this doesn’t apply to significant falls, and car accidents and other forced trauma. So how can you Mora NM 87732 tell if it’s a “minor back pain?”

I don’t define a minor back pain simply by the degree of pain or suffering a patient is going through, but by the degree of co-morbidity that the patient is suffering. In other words, if the pain is simple pain, and the patient can still walk, is not incontinent of stool or urine, does not have any weakness or numbness in their legs Mora NM 87732 or numbness to the genitals, than it’s probably a minor lower back pain. However, if they have any of the above symptoms, they should be immediately evaluated by a physician as those symptoms may herald an impending lifelong neurological disability. Significant pain, coupled with weakness and numbness, is considered a true medical emergency. Of course, everyone has a different level of tolerance of symptoms, so you’ll have to use Mora NM 87732 your own judgment. If you’re not sure, go see a doctor.

Dealing with the lower back pain is easy if you understand the concepts of the initial injury. For simple lower back muscle strains, here are my usual discharge instructions to the patient:

• Clear your schedule. Rest your body so that you can heal quickly and correctly.

• If you need to stay home to recover, don’t feel guilty that you Mora NM 87732 can’t go to work. Personally, I’m a big fan of never missing work and not calling in sick, but keep this in mind. Everyone’s boss is counting on them; and the business will still be there when you get back! Your boss will not appreciate that you’re in pain, he’ll only be upset that you’re not performing your job well. He won’t hesitate to replace you if you become Mora NM 87732 disabled.

• If you do decided to go to work, then rest well when you get home.

• Sleep with a sofa cushion or pillow under your knees. This tilts your pelvis, lowering your lower spine to the mattress, giving you relief and support. If you’re a side sleeper, then place the pillow between your knees.

• Resist the temptation to stretch, massage, the injured part. If it tightens, simply change positions. Mora NM 87732 This includes chiropractic adjustments, at least for the first 10 days. An injured muscle wants to be left alone!

• If you can take NSAIDs, such as Ibuprofen, then take the recommended dosage, every 6 hours with food.

• Finally, ice is better than heat in any acute injury.

Lumbar Spine Surgery in Roswell NM 88203

An injury causes pain and a person suffering form back pain caused due to an injury needs for symptomatic treatment. He may pay a visit to the doctor and explain the cause of pain. Based on this report from the patient himself, the doctor can accurately diagnose the problem and prescribe medication to alleviate the pain. Chronic back pain is back pain that has been Lumbar Spine Surgery Roswell NM 88203 present for months on end without relief. In such circumstances, it may be very difficult for the doctor to diagnose the problem without knowing the causative factors. However, if the patient recollects pulling a muscle, or lifting a heavy object, the doctor’s job becomes that much easier, as he gets a fair idea of what to look for and where to start.

It is difficult to Roswell NM 88203 imagine that a person can develop chronic back pain without any reason. Most commonly, people complain of awaking with a severe backache and they cannot attribute any reason for it. In such cases, the patient will try various home remedies like heat therapy or a massage and rest. At times, this treatment may work and the pain may disappear in a couple of days. If Lumbar Spine Surgery Roswell NM 88203 the therapy does not work, the pain may worsen and continue for a long time, turning into chronic back pain. Trying to get medical treatment for the back pain at this point, may prove very difficult. The doctor has little information to depend on, so he has to start at the bottom and go to the root of the problem.

Chronic back pain without cause can Roswell NM 88203 be diagnosed quickly if there is no serious injury and the treatment can begin. However, in other cases a lot of time and money may be spent just to determine the cause of the problem before starting treatment. The doctor has nothing to base his theory on which he can make the prognosis, because nothing specifically happened to ’cause’ the back pain. He will start Roswell NM 88203 treatment by recommending exercises, heat therapy or prescribe over the counter medicines. If this does not help the next stage would be to prescribe pain relievers and muscle relaxants. This may help to relieve the tension in the stretched muscles. If none of these methods work, the doctor will run various tests like MRI, X-ray or ultrasound. These tests may help to locate the problem Roswell NM 88203 and provide the doctor the information to begin treatment.

If all efforts to locate the problem fail, the doctor may conclude it to be a psychological problem rather than a physical one and recommend counseling. This will help to determine whether the patient is suffering from depression or stress, both of which can cause chronic back pain. An efficient doctor will make all possible efforts to Roswell NM 88203 diagnose the problem of chronic back pain without a cause and treat it to the best of his ability. It is a challenging task, but if both the patient and the doctor work diligently towards finding a solution to the problem, success is not far behind.

Lumbar Spine Surgery in Mesquite NM 88048

If you are suffering from nagging pain and wondering what to do for back pain, understanding what your Dr. doesn’t want you to know about your pain can be very vital to your complete recovery and overall health.

Medical doctors (MDs) practice allopathic medicine. The theory of “allopathy” is that if you remove the symptoms of a condition, you have removed the condition itself. Allopathic medicine can relieve symptoms, Lumbar Spine Surgery Mesquite NM 88048 but it doesn’t address the underlying problem, so you can feel fine but still be sick. The consequence is that your body can come down with a different and, perhaps, worse malady with another set of symptoms.

Allopathy is virtually helpless in effecting true healing. They can manage your condition for the rest of your life, but if you want true and permanent healing, you must look elsewhere.

The prescription Mesquite NM 88048 drug industry is more than a $3.6 billion industry. Our medical system is blatantly cashing in big time on YOUR lower back pain and making sure you aren’t cured.

In my quest for relief from my own lower back pain:

I’ve tried the Medical Doctors. I’ve tried Chiropractors. I’ve tried Medicinal Drugs

But it wasn’t until I got away from the mainstream medical system that I found total relief from my Lumbar Spine Surgery Mesquite NM 88048 pain. After years of hobbling painfully through the day suffering from pain, my life is now totally pain-free!

So what is it that your Doctor REALLY doesn’t want you to know about your lower back pain?

* There are effective exercises and lifestyle changes that can easily reduce your pain.
* There are dietary changes that can reduce swelling and inflammation associated with your pain.
* There are strategies of Mesquite NM 88048 tapping into your body’s own healing powers to relieve your pain.
* There are topical applications that go to the root of the problem instead of just “masking” the symptoms of your pain.
* There are 100% natural formulas that can easily relieve your pain in just 5 easy minutes a day.

Lumbar Spine Surgery in Los Alamos NM 87544

If you have persistent back pain, pain that lasts more than three months and you have tried the conservative treatment approach, it may be time for more aggressive treatments. Thanks to modern medicine your doctor has a number of possible solutions to relieve your pain. Here are five of the more common ones.

1. A procedure called “Pertutaneous Laser Disc Decompression” involves using a laser beam to vaporize the part Lumbar Spine Surgery Los Alamos NM 87544 of the disc that is bulging and pressing on a nerve.

2. Using a thin flexible fiber wire called myeloscope your doctor can inserts this into the damaged area and injects a solution that dissolves scar tissue relieving pressure on the nerve.

3. A spine probe can be inserted to skrink the perturbing disc.

4. A small cage can be placed in the spine to repair a torn disc. Eventually bone will Los Alamos NM 87544 grow around it.

5. A doctor can maneuver a tiny camera and instruments through small incisions to see and repair damaged discs.

It is really pretty amazing the solutions that your physician has at his disposal. Most of the time back surgery can be performed with just a small incision and as an outpatient. However even those these procedures are effective and relatively painless, it is still surgery with all the Lumbar Spine Surgery Los Alamos NM 87544 risk that an operation involves. It is best to first try non-invasive treatments that for most people are the best solution for their sore back.

There are many programs out there claiming to fix your bad back. One of the top rated programs is The Lose The Back Pain System developed by The Healthy Back Institute. This program has helped thousands to lose their back pain for good. The Lose Los Alamos NM 87544 The Back Pain System custom designs a program of specific movements and exercises tailored to your exact needs.