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Bone Grafts in Spine Surgery

Bone grafts in spine surgery are most commonly used to help fuse vertebrae together during a spinal fusion surgery. A bone graft is a tiny piece of bone that acts as the cement to fuse the vertebrae together. Bone grafting can be done with three different types of grafts:

  • Autograft – pieces of a patient’s own bone
  • Allograft –

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.

In our line of work,

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. We know that might sound absurd.

Depression and Chronic Back Pain

April 8th is World Health Day and this year’s focus is depression. Depression affects a great deal of the patients we see so we wanted to take the time to talk about depression and chronic back pain.

What is depression?

Depression is a common, serious medical illness. In 2015,

What is Lumbar Spondylosis?

Lumbar spondylosis refers to degeneration to the spine of the lower back.  According to spine-health.com, “Spondylosis is not a medical diagnosis; it is a term that describes symptoms related to degenerative changes in the spine.”  It is used as a descriptive term, describing the type of pain and spine degeneration that a patient may have.

Patient satisfaction Recognition

Nebraska Spine Hospital Recognized for its Great Neurosurgery and Spine Program

Nebraska Spine Hospital has been named to the “100 Hospitals With Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs” list by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Nebraska Spine Hospital is featured on this list because of the national recognition the hospital has received from several reputable sources and because the physicians and clinicians at Nebraska Spine Hospital are skilled at providing the highest level of surgical spine care.

Meet Dr. Hain

Dr. John Hain is a board certified and fellowship trained neurosurgeon. Take a look at this video to learn more about his background and what let him to neurosurgery and spine.

Anatomy of the cervical spine

Anatomy of the Cervical Spine

Pain and numbness going down the arm or leg or the feeling of a loss of grip can be the result of injury, disease, or degeneration in the cervical spine. If you are suffering from pain and discomfort it can be helpful to understand the anatomy of the cervical spine.

The following is an excerpt from a Spine-Health.com article that explains the anatomy of the cervical spine:

Spine for spinal fusion surgery

What is a bone graft?

A bone graft is a tiny piece of bone used to fuse the spine together. This extra bone acts as the cement that fuses the vertebrae together during spinal fusion surgery. Bone grafting can be done with pieces of a patient’s own bone (autograft), processed bone from a bone bank (allograft), or a bone graft substitute (demineralized bone,

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