Category Archives: Orthopedics & Spine

Joint Replacements at Ambulatory Surgical Centers are the Next Frontier

Posted on: February 3, 2017

Today many patients undergoing knee surgery or hip surgery can often go home the same day.

By Eric L. Grossman, MD FAAOS, Co-Director, Joint Replacement Surgery, Orthopedics & Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital

Eric Grossman, MDA recent article in The New York Times stated that physicians are deeply split about whether or not Medicare should allow outpatient knee replacements. While this is certainly a hot topic and a question Medicare is contemplating, orthopedic surgeons performing joint replacements at ambulatory surgical centers is the inevitable next frontier.

Joint replacement surgery—knee and hip in particular—has undergone a major renaissance in the last five to 10 years, particularly in the way we manage our patients. In the past, joint replacement surgery recovery required patients to spend several days in the hospital followed by a stay in a rehabilitation center. Today, due to advances in surgical techniques, implant technology, and anesthesia and pain management, recovery time for joint replacement surgery is much faster.

How is this possible?

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Getting a Leg Up on Sciatica

Posted on: January 31, 2017

You get up from bed or turn to speak to someone — and sudden burning pain shoots down one leg. There’s a good chance you may have sciatica, a condition diagnosed approximately three million times a year in America, and caused by a specific type of injury to the sciatic nerve. Here, I inform you about sciatica’s causes, sciatica symptoms and remarkably high rates of recovery. By John Abrahams, MD, FAANS, Chief of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of Spine Surgery at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH).

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Cervical Stenosis: Symptoms and Effective Treatments

Posted on: January 24, 2017

It may start as a slight clumsiness in picking up a coin or a subtle numbness in one hand. But that could signal the start of a serious problem that doesn’t originate in the hand at all, but rather in the cervical (neck) spine. In this post, I help you understand the condition called cervical stenosis and give you the good news about effective treatments. By Marshal D. Peris, MD, FAAOS, Co-Director, Spine Surgery, Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital

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Workplace Ergonomics: Make Your Desk Work For You

Posted on: June 29, 2016

Battling Chronic Office Fatigue from Your Work Environment

Monday through Friday, your shoulders are tight and your neck aches. By Sunday afternoon you start to feel a bit better, but the pain returns on your first day back to work. If that sounds familiar, your workplace ergonomics are probably out of whack. Easing your pains may be simpler than you realize, though.

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Cervical Spine Disc Replacement: A Major Gain in Mobility

Posted on: April 26, 2016

A newer spine surgery technique called cervical spine disc replacement leaves you far more mobile than traditional spinal fusion.  By Dr. Marshal D. Peris, Co-director of Spine Surgery at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute of Northern Westchester Hospital

Dr. Marshal Peris Northern Westchester spine surgeonIf you have discomfort – such as neck or arm pain – due to problems with cervical spinal discs (those in your neck), you’ve probably heard of the spinal fusion procedure, a common surgical solution, which locks cervical vertebrae together permanently after removing damaged discs. While this spine surgery offers excellent results, you need to know about a newer technique, called cervical spine disc replacement that leaves you far more mobile. Here, I explain this advanced and exciting treatment option, and help you determine if you might be a candidate.

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