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January 2016

Reputation Management: Spinal Fusion Surgery

January 4th, 2016|

As a practicing spine surgeon, I can attest to the fact that the majority of the patients I see struggle to find positive information about successful spinal fusion surgeries. I can’t remember how many times patients will say something like, “You know what they say? Never let them operate on your back.” When I reply, […]


January 4th, 2016|

Spinal surgery is often required to relieve pain, improve daily function, and regain one’s quality of life. The ability to heal efficiently after surgery is essential to ensuring a good outcome. Unfortunately, surgery, by its very nature, causes stress and trauma to the body. Surgery can result in local tissue damage
and inflammation as well as metabolic stress and weakening of the […]

Vini: Case for Becoming Your Own Health Advocate

January 4th, 2016|

The beginning and end of my story is no different from many of those I’ve read in “Spine Tales.” Degenerative disc disease of my lumbar spine had progressed to the point where surgical intervention was necessary, and I now live a full life completely free of back pain. What I want to convey in this […]

How to Know When Fusion Is the Best Option for You

January 4th, 2016|

Spine surgery, in general, should be considered a last resort, after failure of all forms of conservative options (medicines, physical therapy, injections, and neuro-psychologic evaluation).
Fusion surgery is typically recommended to stabilize unstable vertebral body segments during surgical decompression around the nerves and thecal sac (protective membrane around spine). I recommend fusion surgery in the setting of instability and when I feel that decompression […]

December 2015

Lumbar Fusions 101

December 16th, 2015|

The terms lumbar fusion and spinal fusion have received enormous amounts of negative press in the last ten years. Unfortunately, the impression given by the lay press is that these are procedures that are done too frequently and for no valid clinical reason.

While the topic of overutilization of fusion lies beyond the scope of this […]

What Doctors Wish Their Patients Knew About Fusions

December 16th, 2015|

“Oh no, I cannot believe it! My doctor just used the F word!?!!?”

“I have got to get out of here, this guy must be crazy! Oh my God, this is the end of my life! I will never be able to do anything again…”

This reaction is an all too common and, in many cases, an […]

Demystifying Finding Your Perfect Shoe

December 16th, 2015|

Spinal discomfort or pain can often limit or completely stop a person from continuing his or her previous exercise routine. But an active lifestyle is a key piece of long-term health and also important to the quality of life for many. Spinal problems should not be ignored, and advances in treatment approaches and technology now […]

Chuck: Smiling Pain Free

December 16th, 2015|



For 30 years I have been the morning meteorologist at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more than 12 of those years, I have suffered periods of severe neck and back pain. Part of my job […]