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Jean Peterson


Understanding How Lumbar Disc Surgery Can Help With Sciatica Pain

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If you’re experiencing intense pain in your lower back and down one or both of your legs, it’s very possible that your sciatic nerve is afflicted. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that extends from your lower back all the way down your legs. The well-functioning of this important nerve can make simple activities like walking or bending over an easy-to-do activity. But, if this nerve is distressed, you may feel debilitated. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with the pain. Discover how lumbar disc surgery can relieve you from sciatica pain:

Lumbar Disc Surgery & Sciatica Pain

Lumbar disc surgery is considered a minimally invasive procedure that has very high success rates. This surgery relieves pressure on nerve roots caused by a herniated disc. (This herniated disc is what causes sciatica pain.)

During the procedure, your GNI surgeon will create a small incision in your back and create an access point to the affected area. Using instruments, your surgeon will gently move aside spinal nerves to get to the herniated portion of the disc. He will then remove that portion which will relieve painful pressure on the nerves.

Causes of Sciatica Pain & How to Avoid It

Sciatica pain can be caused by various conditions such as lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis. If you’ve been diagnosed with any of these conditions and are experiencing pain in the lower back, don’t hesitate to talk to a GNI specialist about lumbar disc surgery.

Conditions or diseases are not the only factors that cause sciatica pain. Factors such as a lack of exercise, being obese, wearing high heels often, and sleeping on a bad mattress can cause intense pain in the lower back, as well. Make sure to exercise often, eat healthy, wear shoes that support your body weight, and switch out your mattress if needed.

If you have sciatica pain, don’t hesitate to contact the GNI specialists today.


FAQs: Everything You Need to Know About Arteriovenous Malformation

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An arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a rare condition that affects roughly 1% of the American population. Although small, it’s a serious condition that must be treated. In simple terms, arteriovenous malformation occurs when your blood vessels, arteries, and veins are tangled. These three parts of your body have incredibly important roles to complete, but AVM makes these roles very difficult. Keep reading to learn more about arteriovenous malformation:

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Dr. Igor DeCastro speaks at 7th Annual Walter Dandy Society Meeting

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Dr. Igor DeCastro recently served as a Guest Lecturer for the 7th Annual Walter Dandy Society Meeting held in Mexico. His presentation gave insight into the controversies surrounding the treatment of Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures. These fractures, which occur in the thoracic and lumbar spine levels, are often the result of traumatic injury. The Walter Dandy Neurosurgical Society, created in 2011, was developed to become a forum for neurological surgeons, who by working collaboratively can enhance the education of both neurosurgical residents and fully-trained neurosurgeons internationally.


Q&A: Exploring Aneurysm Clipping & Its Benefits

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Your arteries’ walls are incredibly strong, as they must move blood from the heart to the rest of the body. These arteries were designed with three layers to withstand the high pressure of the blood pumping within them. Sometimes, the wall is weakened due to its constant demands. This causes an area of the wall to balloon out which forms an aneurysm. If that aneurysm ruptures, the patient may experience a hemorrhagic stroke. Fortunately, there is an available treatment that can prevent the aneurysm from rupturing. Discover the details about an aneurysm clip:

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