One of the most challenging tasks as a patient is to find a good doctor. This task becomes even more important if you are considering a serious medical intervention such as a spine surgery. Unfortunately, there is no one source to go to find reliable information about a doctor. There are early attempts by websites that offer grades for physicians, but even they are lacking as they often rely on patient’s opinions which may not address their abilities beyond bedside manner. I will try to explain the strengths and weaknesses of different methods to determine if you are choosing a good spine surgeon.
A strained hamstring is more common for athletes than a torn hamstring, but tears can still occur with certain sports such as water skiing. When a patient tears their hamstring tendon from their origin off the pelvic bone, they often describe the sensation of being shot in the back of their thigh and buttock. They feel a pop and have immediate pain, swelling, bruising, and can only walk stiff-legged. Patients also describe a lot of pain with sitting.
When a patient comes to my office with a probable hamstring tear, I examine them first and then obtain an MRI scan. The MRI will show whether the patient has sustained a partial tear or a complete tear of their hamstring tendons off of the pelvic bone where they attach, which is your sit bone or ischial tuberosity.
This is the third and final installment of a series with Dr. Greg Poulter that answers some commonly asked questions regarding minimally invasive spine.
Is Minimally Invasive Spine surgery better than traditional surgery?
This is the second installment of a series on minimally invasive spine surgery by Dr. Greg Poulter.
What types of spine surgery can be performed with a minimally invasive technique?
Minimally invasive techniques have been developed to replace most of the traditional spine surgeries. Microdiscectomies, laminectomies, fusions, are commonly performed as minimally invasive surgeries. There are advanced techniques for scoliosis and fracture surgery as well. This is not a complete list. In general, spine surgery has advanced greatly in the last 10 years much of the improvement has come from minimizing the disruption of surgery.
This is the first installment of a series on minimally invasive spine surgery by Dr. Greg Poulter.
Not long ago spine surgery was uncommon and offered limited options for meaningful healing. Now, more than 600,000 people have spine surgery each year in the United States for a variety of spinal problems. Fortunately for patients with spinal disorders, spine surgery continues to evolve and improve. Advancements in minimally invasive surgery have provided significant gains allowing patients to recover more quickly with greater safety, and success. Here is a look at some commonly asked questions and answers regarding minimally invasive spine surgery.
What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Summit County’s 4th annual Community Surgery Day, held Saturday, October 12, at Peak One Surgery Center in Frisco, was started by Dr. Peter Janes of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics four years ago. More than 60 medical professionals donated their time this year including surgeons, anesthesiologists, nursing staff and other health professionals. 17 patients benefited from this amazing community effort. Here are some photos to enjoy:
We’re full steam ahead for Community Surgery Day this weekend! Our orthopaedic patients are all set to go, our surgeons and staff members have signed up to volunteer, and yet again, our awesome community has pooled resources to offer a collective hand to those in need. There are so many folks involved in making this day a great success and at the heart of it all is a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of fellow community members. I’m proud to be a part of it, and grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with such an inspiring group of healthcare professionals. See everyone Saturday!
Clinic Manager, Vail-Summit Orthopaedics
In anticipation of our fourth Community Surgery Day at the Peak One Surgery Center this coming Saturday in Frisco , I would once again like to thank all those involved in such an amazing and unique cooperative effort.
To the Summit County Community Care Clinic, to every dedicated volunteer, to the Summit Hospital, to the Peak One Surgery Center and their caring staff, to my surgical/PA/anesthesia colleagues, to all of you at Vail Summit Orthopaedics, and to our ever grateful patents, thank you.
Thank you very much. We can make a difference.
Peter C. Janes
Dr. Greg Poulter interviews NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton about spine surgery and the XLIF procedure
More than 1.4 million people are treated for bicycle-related injuries each year. As orthopaedic surgeons, we treat many of these injuries. The most common cycling accidents involve bruises and minor cuts, followed by fractures, then lacerations and strains and sprains.