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Do I Need a Spine Surgeon “Near Me”?

Choosing a Spine Surgeon: 5 Qualifications That Are More Important Than Being “Near Me” For those born after the year 2000, it is hard to imagine what the pre-internet world was like. If you wanted to know about the Battle of Waterloo, you would have to head to the library. Sending a message usually meant waiting days or weeks...

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What is robotic spine surgery?

The use of robots enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations in a minimally invasive manner. Robotic technology has more recently been applied in spinal surgery, where a robot is used primarily for the insertion of pedicle screws in the spine. The basic idea of robotic technology is similar to using a GPS system in the car.  The...

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Are lasers used for spinal surgery?

Lasers are an intense, concentrated beam of energy, and can be used surgically for cutting, coagulating, and ablating tissues. Lasers have been used in medicine for decades, especially in ophthalmology and dermatology.  However, lasers do not have a well-accepted role in spinal surgery. This is because the use of a high-energy laser beam very close to the spinal cord...

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When is spinal surgery successful?

Many patients who are considering surgery question the success rates of the proposed surgery and many are frightened by the numerous examples of “failed back surgery” in the media.  At Saadat Spine, we strongly believe that what makes a spine surgery successful depends on several factors. When one or more of these factors is missing, the spine surgery failure...

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Who is the Best Los Angeles Spine Surgeon for Me?

Facing the possibility of needing spinal surgery can be both intimidating and confusing. There are plenty of talented spine surgeons in the Los Angeles area, but who is the best one for you? At Saadat Spine believe in providing the safest and most effective care for our patients, founded on the principles of evidence-based medicine, research, and the latest...

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Spine Surgery Alternative: Minimally-invasive Lumbar Fusion

Traditionally, lumbar spine surgery was performed utilizing long incisions on the lower back, and involved extensive dissection of the muscles that attach to the spine. These approaches also meant longer operative times, more blood loss during surgery, and a much longer recovery.  The development of advanced minimally-invasive techniques has provided an alternative to traditional spinal surgery, allowing us to...

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What Is Motion-Preserving Spine Surgery?

The human spine is made up of 33 “motion segments”, divided into the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral areas. The cervical and lumbar regions of the spine are mobile, allowing for the flexibility of the neck and the lower back, and activities such as bending, turning, and twisting. Traditional surgical approaches to the cervical and lumbar spine often involve...

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Does a Referral to a Spine Surgeon Always Mean Surgery?

The short answer is no, a referral to a spine surgeon does not always mean surgery. It’s a common, but incorrect, the perception that a referral to an orthopedic spine surgeon always means surgery is necessary. In our experience, the majority of patients with lower back or neck problems can be effectively treated without surgery.  In our practice, the...

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