AOA Orthopedic Specialists - Dr. Eric Wieser - Danny Lee's AOA Experiencewww.ArlingtonOrtho.com/wieser
Retired police officer Danny Lee experienced the worst pain of his life when his back blew out. After an operation from AOA's Dr. Eric Wieser, Danny is building fences and lifting weights with no pain.
AOA Orthopedic Specialists - Dr. Michael Ramsey - Cervical Fusionhttps://www.arlingtonortho.com/physician/michael-l-ramsey-m-d/
John started feeling pain in his neck and right shoulder. The pain shot through the elbow all the way down to his fingers. He couldn't even make a fist. He visited Arlington Orthopedic Associates and found spine surgeon, Michael Ramsey, M.D.
After recommending, Dr. Ramsey would address Johns neck pain with cervical fusion to un-pinch the nerve. John had surgery and went home the same day. After surgery, the pain disappeared and John went back to work full-throttle. John speaks highly of Dr. Ramsey's bedside manner and professional skill.
AOA Orthopedic Specialists - Dr. Eric Wieser - Lumbar Microdiscectomyhttps://www.arlingtonortho.com/physician/eric-wieser-m-d/
Shannon shares the story of her experience with Dr. Wieser and Arlington Orthopedic Associates. She had experienced some back pain and tightness until eventually one night she felt a disc pop. She then could barely walk. Dr. Wieser examined the source of the pain and explained all the possible options. In this case, he recommended a minimally invasive procedure called a Lumbar Microdiscectomy.
AOA Orthopedic Specialists on Good Morning Texas - Back Pain with Dr. Eric Wieserhttps://www.arlingtonortho.com/physician/eric-wieser-m-d/
Watch Good Morning Texas with Dr. Eric Wieser from AOA and Baylor Orthopedic Spine Hospital in Arlington.
AOA Orthopedic Specialists - Dr. Eric Wieser performs a Minimally Invasive Microdiscectomyhttps://www.arlingtonortho.com/microdiscectomy-microdecompression/
A lifelong Texan and a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Eric Wieser has practiced in North Texas for nearly 15 years. After graduating with honors from Trinity University in 1994, Dr. Wieser completed Medical School with honors from the Baylor College of Medicine. In 2003, he finished his Residency at Vanderbilt University. Following his Fellowship in Spine Medicine at the prestigious UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Eric Wieser returned to North Texas and joined the staff of Arlington Orthopedic Associates as one of the co-founders of the Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital in Arlington.
In addition to his many professional accolades, Dr. Eric Wieser sits as the founder and medical director of the Texas Comprehensive Spine Center, where he specializes in minimally-invasive spinal surgery as well as complex cervical and lumbar spinal reconstruction. Dr. Wieser has been consistently recognized by his peers as a “Top Doc” in Fort Worth Magazine, Big D Magazine, Living Magazine, Texas Monthly, and has features in several Texas periodicals.
Aside from his medical accomplishments, Dr. Eric Wieser enjoys hunting, fishing, running, going to the lake, and cheering on his favorite sports team, the Dallas Cowboys.
AOA Orthopedic Specialists - BOSHA - Spine Surgery Overviewhttps://www.arlingtonortho.com/surgery/
Physical Therapy Director Corey Berlin gives you an overview on Spine Surgery at Baylor Orthopedic Spine Hospital. We'll go over the types of spine surgery, what to expect when it comes to physical therapy, and the kind of activities to avoid in the days following your operation.
AOA Orthopedic Specialists - BOSHA - Spine Bracinghttps://www.arlingtonortho.com/our-therapy-department/physical-therapy/
Physical Therapy Director Corey Berlin walks you through the different types of spine braces, and how to care for your brace.
AOA Orthopedic Specialists - Spinal Fusionshttps://www.arlingtonortho.com/conditions/spine-care/spine-spinal-fusion/
What it is
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to correct problems with the small bones of the spine (vertebrae). It is essentially a “welding” process. The basic idea is to fuse together the painful vertebrae so that they heal into a single, solid bone.
Spine surgery is usually recommended only when your doctor can pinpoint the source of your pain. To do this, your doctor may use imaging tests, such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
Spinal fusion may relieve symptoms of many back conditions, including:
Degenerative disk disease
Spinal fusion eliminates motion between vertebrae. It also prevents the stretching of nerves and surrounding ligaments and muscles. It is an option when motion is the source of pain, such as movement that occurs in a part of the spine that is arthritic. The theory is if the painful vertebrae do not move, they should not hurt.
If you have leg pain in addition to back pain, your surgeon may also perform a decompression (laminectomy). This procedure involves removing bone and diseased tissues that can put pressure on spinal nerves.
Fusion will take away some spinal flexibility, but most spinal fusions involve only small segments of the spine and do not limit motion very much.
AOA Orthopedic Specialists - Dr. Troy Foster Installs a Spinal Pain Therapy Stimulatorhttps://www.arlingtonortho.com/physician/troy-foster-d-o/
Nancy had experienced chronic back pain in her spine even after having a complicated spinal fusion operation, so she came to Arlingtons' Dr. Troy Foster for help. in this video we see a trial for an advanced treatment option known as a spinal chord stimulator, where Dr. Troy Foster inserts electrodes into the patients spinal chord which can be activated remotely to dull back pain at it's source, the nerves.
AOA Orthopedic Specialists - Scoliosishttps://www.arlingtonortho.com/conditions/spine-care/spine-scoliosis/
A sideways curvature of the spine observed in 3% of adolescents, Scoliosis typically presents itself in growing children. A parent may not know that the child has scoliosis and the child may not exhibit symptoms until puberty. Neurological conditions, birth defects, and athletic injuries to the spine may cause scoliosis but in most circumstances the cause remains unknown. In patients with minor scoliosis, a physician monitors it closely but typically does not intervene. In more severe cases, children may have to wear a brace or even undergo a surgery to normalize the curvature of their spine.
Symptoms of Scoliosis
Individuals suffering from scoliosis may have physical symptoms and symptoms related to appearance. Symptoms of Scoliosis include:
On hip higher than the other
One shoulder blade more prominent than the other
Children should receive a yearly physical from a pediatrician to monitor growth. During yearly physicals, pediatricians check the curvature of the spine to ensure the growing child does not have any abnormal curvature.
Surgical treatment of scoliosis
Scoliosis surgery falls into three categories; Growing systems, Fusionless, and Fusions.
In Growing Systems surgery, the surgeon aims to delay a fusion. Seen in younger patients, a surgeon anchors rods to the spine to maintain the spines curvature while the child continues to grow. The rods get lengthened every 6 to 12 months with another procedure, leading up to when the child reaches close to skeletal maturity. Once the child reaches skeletal maturity, the spinal surgeon performs a spinal fusion.
In Fusionless surgical treatment, the surgeon aims to slow down the growth on the outer side of the curve. To do this, the surgeon may place screws on the outer side of the curves and uses a cord to pull them and straighten the spine. Overtime, AOA Orthopedic Specialist surgeons suggest this may slow the growth of the curve and allow the spine to grow straight.
In a Spinal Fusion, a surgeon fuses two or more vertebrae together. In a Spinal Fusion procedure, the fused bones grow together forming solid bone that does not move. A tried and true surgery in spine surgery, spinal surgeons report that the long term Image Spinesafety and success outweighs the drawback of less mobility of the spine.
Following any spinal surgery, the treating physician prescribes a physical therapy protocol for the patient to follow.
Patients should always have their back pain evaluated by a specialist. Call 817-375-5200 to schedule an appointment with a spine specialist today!
AOA Orthopedic Specialists - SpondylolisthesisA spinal condition affecting the lower vertebrae of the spine, Spondylolisthesis causes one of the lower vertebrae to slide forward, pressing directly into the vertebrae, nerve, or bone beneath it. Most patients describe Spondylolisthesis as an uncomfortable condition that causes pain in the patient's legs when they walk or stand for extended periods of time. Rest assured, If a patient receives a Spondylolisthesis diagnosis, there’s no need to panic. Most neurosurgeons and spinal specialists consider common cases not dangerous, and easily treatable.
neurosurgeons recommend that patients with Spondylolisthesis avoid high impact or strenuous activities that might add pressure to the lumbar (or lower) spine. Patients should refrain from heavy lifting, sports, and intense cardio until receiving full medical clearance from their spinal provider.
Physicians typically treat Spondylolisthesis through a series of medical progressions. Some patients respond favorably early in the protocols and do not require advanced treatment. These modalities include
Medications to manage the Pain,
or oral steroids to reduce inflammation,
Then Heat and/or ice,
Followed by Physical Therapy,
Epidural steroid Injections,
And finally if needed, Surgery
Spinal fusion surgery for a degenerative spondylolisthesis typically has incredibly successful results, with more than 90% of patients improving function and enjoying substantial reductions in pain levels and discomfort. For 8 to 12 weeks following surgery, patients should limit physical activity to low stress, no-impact movements as the spine fuses and recovers. As always, please consult your neurosurgeon directly with questions and return to work/sport protocols.
AOA Orthopedic Specialists - Stenosis, Laminectomy, Hemilaminectomyhttps://www.arlingtonortho.com/conditions/spine-care/spine-hemilaminectomy/
LAMINECTOMY VS. HEMILAMINECTOMY
“Hemilaminectomy means only half of the lamina is removed. This is a slightly smaller surgery than a laminectomy. Usually a laminectomy is for spinal stenosis vs. a hemilaminectomy for a disc herniation.”
—Dr. Michael Ramsey
Laminectomy involves a surgical procedure to create space by removing the back part of a vertebra that covers the spinal canal, known as the “lamina”. The addition of the prefix “hemi”, which means half, doesn’t change much. In fact, the addition of “hemi” changes less as a hemilaminectomy removes less bone. A Hemilaminectomy means the partial removal of the lamina to decompress the spinal canal. This procedure may also be referred to as decompression surgery. The goal of a hemilaminectomy or decompression procedure: to enlarge the spinal canal and take pressure off the spinal cord or nerves.
Patients may need a hemilaminectomy if conservative treatments fails to relieve the pain. Initially, physicians may attempt treatments such as medication, physical therapy, and injections to help relieve the pressure on the spinal canal. A spine surgeon, a PM&R (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) doctor, or a Interventional Pain Management Anesthesiologist may oversee Conservative treatments for spinal stenosis. Bony overgrowths within the spinal canal often cause the need for a laminectomy or a partial hemilaminectomy. These overgrowths cause the spinal canal to narrow which can put pressure on the nerves known as stenosis. This narrowing can result in pain, weakness, or numbness that radiates down your arms or legs.Your provider may recommend a laminectomy if:
Conservative treatment, such as medication or physical therapy, fails to improve your symptoms
You have muscle weakness or numbness that makes standing or walking difficult
You experience loss of bowel or bladder control.
Who We Are
The Texas Comprehensive Spine Center offers a comprehensive approach to back and neck pain. With our team of orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation specialists, exercise therapists and pain experts, we offer an all-inclusive, one-stop treatment facility.
Our Spine Surgeons
Dr. Eric Wieser is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, and his practice is focused on the treatment of spinal disorders. He is fellowship-trained in modern, minimally invasive techniques in spinal surgery, as well as complex reconstructive spinal surgery.
Dr. Ryan Murphy is a orthopedic surgeon and fellowship trained spine specialist. His practice areas include surgical and non-surgical treatments, sciatica and pinched nerves, single position surgical techniques, and minimally invasive spinal surgery. He was fellowship-trained in spine surgery under the direction of both Orthopedic Spine and Neurosurgery Spine surgeons at the University of Southern California.
Commitment to Excellence
Our team approach to health care ranges from treating simple back or neck strains to the most complex spine surgery. No matter what the spine care need is, our team of healthcare professionals puts emphasis on patient education. That means spending time with each patient so that they understand diagnostic testing, surgical and non-surgical treatment options available to them, and rehabilitation needed in order for them to reach the best possible outcome.