An Important Message from Dr. Davis

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Hello. I'm Dr. Reginald Davis. A neurosurgeon with the BioSpine Institute. Many people struggle with neck and back pain for months, sometimes years before seeking medical advice. We understand how neck and back pain can drastically change your way of life and dictate the way you live and how over time the pain can slowly deprive you of the quality of life that you used to enjoy. It might be the right time to finally schedule a consultation with the BioSpine Institute. During your visit, we will identify the cause of your pain and discuss the treatment options available. We are for the vast majority of our patients non-surgical options from physical therapy to chiropractic care to pain management. Even as surgeons, we understand that it's only when conservative treatments fail to provide relief that surgery should be recommended. Surgery should always be the last resort. We do understand how debilitating back pain can be. So for those of you experiencing severe pain, please visit our website and click on our urgent spine button to request a next business day appointment. If you have any questions, please give us a call Thanks for listening. [MUSIC PLAYING]

We Are Your Best Option.

We understand that “navigating through the spine industry” can be extremely challenging. For most of our patients, not knowing what questions to ask, or not knowing what should matter, can be quite frustrating in this important decision. Factors such as surgeon experience, surgical approach, size of the incision, average time under anesthesia, recovery times, and overall outcomes are vital and important factors to you as the patient. At the Biospine Institute, we feel that knowing your surgeon and being confident in his credentials are extremely important.

 

We have listed below some additional key points in regard to our surgeons and their vast experience, as well as the numerous benefits of their minimally invasive approach.   As you continue to scroll, we have provided information to help you better understand the MIS approach, how it evolved and how it is performed.

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Understanding Your Spine Surgery Options

Not BioSpine - 4" to 6" traditional open approach

It is important to understand that when ALL spine surgeons complete their residency, they are trained to perform spine surgery using the traditional open surgical approach. This traditional surgery is performed through large 4 inch to 6 inch incisions, taking to 2 to 3 hours to complete.

BioSpine's Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach (MIS)

3/4 inch MIS Approach

Approximately 20 years ago the Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach was introduced. The exact same surgical repair that was previously performed through large incisions could now be performed through a tiny ¾” incision, without the cutting or striping of valuable back muscles. This minimally invasive approach dramatically lessened the patient's recovery time. Combined with less time under anesthesia, less scarring, minimal blood loss, and less risk of infection – all of these were major factors in the overall success of the surgery.

Now fast forward 20 years….the vast majority of spine surgeons are still using the traditional/open surgical approach.

Why – Time & Training. To transition from being a traditional surgeon to a minimally invasive surgeon literally takes 1000’s of hours and many years of additional training. In most cases surgeons need to re-enter a fellowship program with an experienced minimally invasive surgeon to begin the process of learning this new surgical approach. This is a commitment that most surgeons are not prepared to make, but the BioSpine surgeons have and their patients are reaping the benefits.

Here is How the MIS Approach is Performed

Dilator gently separate valuable muscle fibers.
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A tiny *3/4 inch incision is made and dilators are inserted, one around the other, to gently separate the valuable muscles fibers until a *3/4 inch tunnel to the disc is created.

A small tube is inserted with a fiber-optic light source and the dilators are removed. The surgeon will now perform the entire procedure through this small 3/4 inch tube. Once the surgery is completed, the tube is removed and the muscle fibers return back into place undamaged.

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Welcome to BioSpine Institute. The physicians at the BioSpine Institute have successfully performed over 40,000 surgeries and have treated over 70,000 patients. This extraordinary record is a result of extensive training and experience, combined with the exceptional skills and attention to detail of the BioSpine surgical team. During medical school, doctors are trained to perform spine surgery only in the traditional manner, through large 4 to 6 inch incisions. However, the surgeons at BioSpine realized another option produced far better outcomes for patients, the minimally invasive approach. The precision and detail of the minimally invasive approach can only be developed through in-depth one on one teaching and literally hundreds of hours of practice. It is a commitment that most surgeons are not prepared to make. The surgeons at BioSpine are pioneers in the field, leading consumer publications such as Newsweek, ProPublica, Healthgrades, and Consumer Reports have recognized the BioSpine surgeons for their top of the nation surgical outcomes. And along with performing all their surgeries using the minimally invasive approach, they provide training and guidance to visiting spine surgeons aspiring to transition to the minimally invasive approach. Standing behind your surgeons is the BioSpine team, a group of medical professionals who are 100% dedicated to your care. Let's talk more about the minimally invasive approach and what the benefits are to you as the patient and how it differs from traditional surgery. It's simple. Imagine two doctors. They've attended the same medical school. They were both top of their class and completed challenging and impressive residencies. They both chose to specialize in spine surgery and have spent years performing successful surgeries. These two surgeons have taken nearly identical professional paths. However, one of these surgeons performs spine surgery using a traditional approach. The other, much like a BioSpine surgeon, uses a minimally invasive approach. The types of surgeries that these two surgeons can perform are exactly the same. And ultimately, the surgical repair will be the same. The only difference is their surgical approach. This doctor's traditional approach requires an incision of 4 to 6 inches. Once that incision has been made, retractors stretch that opening even larger, muscles are cut, and the surgery itself can take several hours. This doctor's minimally invasive approach requires an incision of only 3/4 of an inch, approximately the size of a penny. There is absolutely no cutting of muscle and a very minimal blood loss. Working within this smaller space offers less risk of infection. The surgery is usually completed in under an hour and doesn't require any hospital stay. While the spine is repaired identically in each surgery, the minimally invasive approach provides less pain, less disruption to the body, and a lower chance of infection. It's the combination of these benefits that creates the greatest reward of all. Surgery performed using a minimally invasive approach here at BioSpine leads to a much faster recovery. Instead of spending several nights in a hospital, you'll be walking through your own doorway on the same day as surgery. You'll get back to living your life, back to being you. Thank you for allowing us this time to introduce ourselves and explain the BioSpine difference. We encourage you to ask questions and get to know us better. We can't wait to help you get back to being you.

Now that you've heard what we have to say, here's what some of our other patients are saying. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Five Important Factors When Selecting a Spine Surgeon

1. Surgeon's Experience 2. Surgical Approach 3. Outcomes 4. Length of Surgery 5. Recovery Time

Commonly Asked Questions

How do the surgeons and facilities at Biospine compare to others?

Your choice of surgeon and facility should be based on three main factors.
1. Surgeons skill and experience
2. Surgical Approach (minimally invasive)
3. Surgical outcomes

Ultimately, positioning yourself to have the absolute best surgical outcome is truly what matters. That being said – we will place our surgeons scorecard at Biospine among the very best in the nation.

What is your average length of time under anesthesia at the Biospine Institute?

Our average length of time under anesthesia is 30-50 minutes for all of our procedures which includes laminectomies, laminotomies, disc replacements, and fusions. But our physicians are highly skilled and experienced. A similar procedure with a less-experienced surgeon could take 2 1/2 - 6 1/2 hours or more.

What can I expect in regard to recovery time?

There are many advantages to the minimally invasive surgical approach and probably the most important advantage is in the reduced recovery time. The MIS approach reduces your recovery time to approximately half that of traditional surgery. In all of our procedures, patients are walking within an hour after surgery and are traveling home that very same day. Many of our patients are back to work in as little as three days!

High Surgical Volume

There are over 6000 spine surgeons operating in the United States, but only a small percentage of these surgeons perform surgeries using the minimally invasive approach. The benefits to the patient are countless, but include a smaller incision, minimal blood loss, shorter time under anesthesia, no cutting of valuable back muscles and less scarring – all which add up to a quicker recovery and a successful surgery. If the surgeon you are choosing is telling you that a recommended procedure “cannot be performed using the minimally invasive approach”, what they are actually saying is that they are unable to perform it using this approach.

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We're sorry to interrupt, but we know a fear of surgery can hold some people back. 70% of the patients who come to BioSpine are sucessfully treated without surgery. The first step is understanding what is casuing your pain - take that step and schedule a consultation. It's that easy.
We're sorry to interrupt, but we know a fear of surgery can hold some people back. 70% of the patients who come to BioSpine are sucessfully treated without surgery. The first step is understanding what is casuing your pain - take that step and schedule a consultation. It's that easy.
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