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Why do I Need Spinal Fusion Surgery?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, MBA, FAAOS, CPE When I have a discussion with patients about potential spinal surgery, they often ask “how extensive will the surgery be and how much of my spine will be affected by the procedure?”  Generally,

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Lumbar Laminectomy

Mark W. McFarland, DO A big part of my job as a Spine Surgeon is discerning how much surgery is needed to achieve the goal of pain relief and decompression of spinal nerves from structural spinal issues. The nerve compression

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Vascular vs. Neurogenic Claudication

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE (Originally published in Hampton Roads Physicians’ Magazine) When muscles don’t get enough blood flow due to obstructed arteries, cramping pain can result simply from walking or using one’s arms. Vascular claudication (VC) is a condition typically caused by

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