Bone Grafts in Spine Surgery

Frequently asked questions about bone grafting

How big is the incision for a bone graft taken from my hip?

The incision for a bone graft can vary but is generally 1½ – 2 inches long.

Are there any alternatives to having a bone graft taken from my hip?

The alternatives to using a bone graft from the patient’s hip are to use local bone,

Recovery From Spine Surgery: Preparing Your Home

We’ve often found that recovery from spine surgery is the last thing on our patients’ minds, especially any preparations that will have to be made at home. Because of that, we try to bring it to their attention during pre-operative visits by asking questions. We’ll ask about the setup of their home. Is it a one-story or two-story home?

Tips for Back Pain-Free Biking

Cardiovascular exercise is essential to your spine health. Engaging in regular exercise helps to keep your spine both happy and healthy. Bike riding is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise to work into your weekly routine. It helps to get your heart pumping, while not stressing your spine.

Keep reading for several tips for back pain-free biking.

All About Cervical Disc Replacement

Nebraska Spine Hospital was one of the first facilities in the region to perform a cervical disc replacement. Because of that, we would like to take a moment to explain what it is and why it may need to be performed. Disc degeneration in the cervical spine is a terribly common ailment. Did you know that over 75% of people under the age of 50 have disc degeneration?

Sciatica: Know The Facts

Millions of people in the United States suffer from sciatica. Sciatica is a term used to describe the symptoms of leg pain, tingling, and numbness or weakness originating in the lower back to the sciatic nerve in the back of the leg.

What surprises most of our patients is that sciatica is not a medical diagnosis,

Practice Proper Sitting Posture

Maintaining proper posture can work wonders both preventing and alleviating back pain. We’ve already covered how to achieve great posture while standing and believe it’s time to cover sitting posture.

The majority of us spend most of our days in the seated position. Whether it’s spent at a desk, at the table,

Neck Pain From Looking Down

Did you know that neck pain is the third most common type of chronic pain? Over 25% of Americans suffer from this condition and nearly 60% of them don’t tell their physicians about the pain.

One of the most common causes of neck pain is simply looking down too often.

Smoking And Back Pain

The news that smoking is bad for you is hardly groundbreaking. Smoking has been linked to serious diseases like lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. Did you know that smoking and back pain are also related? That’s right, if you’re a smoker and are experiencing back pain, smoking is probably part of the issue. Research has found that smoking may be associated with a higher risk of osteoporosis,

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