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  • Dr. Francis Gamache Jr., MD, of the Hospital for Special Surgery conducted a 14-month study involving 240 patients with neck and back conditions seeking a second opinion on a spine problem that may require surgery. Of that number, “155 (65 percent) came for a second, third, or fourth surgical opinion following an earlier opinion from a surgeon who recommended an operation.” If you’re unclear as to what constitutes a second opinion, learn what they are and how to as for them in order to make an informed health decision before spine surgery.

  • When Aetna became the first health care insurance provider to offer its network positive coverage for Johnson & Johnson’s Charité artificial...

  • Artificial disc replacement surgery is a popular alternative to spinal fusion. Learn how artificial discs work, how long they last, and which are FDA approved.

  • In a study, 20% of patients showed signs of PTSD one year after spinal fusion surgery. Can talking to your doctor before surgery help, or is there a better way?

  • If you have had spinal fusion surgery, you may need more surgery within 15 years due to adjacent disc disease. Artificial disc replacement has proven effective in delaying or preventing ASD.

  
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