Archive for January, 2011

I need to make sure patients have a clear picture of my goals for their spine care. I always try a combination of therapy , medication , and nerve blocks that work in the vast majority of patients. If symptoms of pain and weakness continue ,then a surgical procedure is considered. We now use less invasive technology that allows hospital stays of one or two days for complex procedures and outpatient for simple disc surgery. I still see so many patients that are on high dose of narcotics not knowing about the many new less invasive technologies. Always consider two opinions!