Generations Apart: The Revolution of Modern Spine Surgery

Generations Apart: The Revolution of Modern Spine Surgery

Modern spine surgery bears almost no resemblance to the spine surgery your parents or grandparents had. Innovation and technological advances have drastically transformed the field. So what does that mean for patients? How different are things today? Wendell and Katie Sissler are uniquely positioned to help tell this story. The father/daughter duo had spine surgeries…

Navigating Spine Surgery Recovery

Navigating Spine Surgery Recovery

Recovering from surgery can be a fairly predictable journey. But not always. Sometimes it’s more of a rollercoaster. When that happens, it can be disappointing, frustrating and even painful. One of my patients, Dori, discovered that after she underwent spine surgery. “Generally most people have a pretty linear, upward trajectory of recovery and I assumed…

Surgery to Strength: A Weightlifter’s Victory Over Back Pain

Surgery to Strength: A Weightlifter’s Victory Over Back Pain

More people than ever are turning to weight lifting and bodybuilding — nearly 200% more year over year! Weight lifting and strength training come with a ton of health benefits — when done correctly. But injury is also common given the demands of the sport and a common question that comes along with that is…

Life After Modern Spinal Fusion: This is Not Your Grandparents Back Surgery

Life After Modern Spinal Fusion: This is Not Your Grandparents Back Surgery

Many people have preconceived notions about spinal fusion surgery. Maybe you remember your parents or grandparents having one. If so – you likely think of an open-back surgery with a long recovery time, a lot of pain and restricted movement.  But that was then and this is now. In today’s era of modern back surgery,…