Category Archives: Orthopedics & Spine

Chronic Back Pain – The Best Medicine of All is Prevention

Posted on: August 4, 2017

Chronic back pain usually affects your lower back, also called the lumbar spine. Physicians define “chronic” back pain as daily pain for more than three months. The pain can be intense enough to affect all aspects of your life – from work to sleep. That’s why prevention is so important. The good news is that there are many ways you can help keep chronic back pain at bay – permanently. By Dr. Marshal Peris, FAAOS, Co-Director of the Orthopedic & Spine Institute, Spine Surgery Section, Northern Westchester Hospital

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Bunions Don’t Have to Be a Bumpy Ride

Posted on: July 7, 2017

Bunions Don’t Have to Be a Bumpy Ride
A bunion is a bump on the inner aspect of the foot at the base of the big toe. If you’ve never experienced a bunion, you might think that this bump is an enlarged bone or even a growth, but it’s not. A bunion is actually a normally-shaped bone that has drifted into an abnormal position. As part of the deformity, the big toe becomes crooked, pointing more and more toward the second toe. Painful bunions can make routine activities like walking or even standing extremely uncomfortable. Here, Dr. Kurt Voellmicke, Director of Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital discusses what causes bunions and empowers you with treatment options for this potentially debilitating foot condition.

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Shooting pain in your neck and down your arm. Don’t suffer pain one more minute.

Posted on: May 23, 2017

Suddenly, with no warning, you feel terrible pain shooting from the base of your neck, through your shoulder, down your arm and into your fingers. You’re not aware of doing anything to set it off. What’s happening? By Dr. John M. Abrahams, FAANS, Chief of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the Spine Surgery Section of the Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital.

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3-D Patient-Customized Total Knee Replacement Can Change Your Life

Posted on: March 31, 2017

If you have severe arthritis of the knee, you’re probably aware of total knee replacement surgery. Now discover how a dramatically modernized approach to this procedure offers you outstanding advantages in accuracy of fit, surgical safety and natural-feeling results. Read on and get empowered to recover your mobility – and your quality of life. By Dr. David Yasgur, Director of Quality and Outcomes at Northern Westchester Hospital’s Orthopedic & Spine Institute.

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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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