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Robotic Surgery

This week I am going to take a break from my scheduled blog series about cervical pain to share some very exciting news with you. I am thrilled to announce the arrival of an important surgical tool for robotic surgery. This surgical instrument provides decreased neurological risk, increased surgical accuracy, reduced trauma to the tissue, less radiation exposure and even, faster recovery. Who wouldn’t want all these things when undergoing surgery? I know as a surgeon, I do.

The Mazor Robotic technology assists during surgery, guiding the surgeons tools and implants to ensure the highest level of accuracy. This extraordinary Robot is now at Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio and I am using it to assist me place instrumentation.

Surgeons are thoroughly trained in surgical techniques and perform countless surgeries prior to completing residency. With my 12 years of surgery since finishing my residency, I have completed innumerable procedures. Despite all of our experience and training, a recent study published in Spine* concluded that robot-assisted spine surgery, such as with the Mazor Robot, offers , “…enhanced performance in spinal surgery when compared to free-hand surgeries.” Thus, with the use of the Mazor Robot, well trained, experienced surgeons are made even better!

Robotic Surgery Results

I am thrilled to offer my patient’s decreased neurological risks, reduced bleeding, diminished trauma to the tissue and less radiation exposure with the use of the Mazor Robotic technology for robotic surgery. I am using the Robot to treat a number of conditions including lumbar disc herniations, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative disc disease.

Call my office today to find out if you are a candidate for the surgery with the Mazor Robot. After all, who doesn’t want to improve their surgical outcome, feel better sooner and even get back to their regular daily activities faster?

Be sure to check out the videos of this exciting technology at

*Devito D, Kaplan L, Dietl R, et al. Clinical Acceptance and Accuracy Assessment of Spinal Implants Guided with SpineAssist Surgical Robot. Spine 2010;35:2109-15.

Neck Pain 101

In my most recent blog we discussed when it is time to see a doctor for your back pain. In today’s blog we are going to discuss the basics of neck pain. Neck pain is a common complaint and can result from a number of different causes. One of the most common causes of neck pain is from strained muscles. The neck muscles can become strained and tense from poor posture or even a motor vehicle accident. Degenerative disc disease and herniated discs are also culprits of neck pain.

Symptoms of neck pain may extend beyond pain in the neck and may actually include pain, tingling and weakness of the arms and hands.

Surgery is rarely needed to treat neck pain and can instead be treated conservatively and even at home! Nonsurgical treatment for neck pain include physical therapy, posture corrections, over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, ice or heat and gentle stretching at home. In my next blog we will discuss when it is time to see a doctor for your neck pain.

Please remember, my blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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