Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX

Relief from Lower Back and Neck Pain

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      At the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI), we specialize
                 in non-surgical as well as surgical treatments
                                of Back and Neck  Pain
     Conservative to Surgical Options: MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SUGERY 
 "Applying Science to the Art of Medicine"                                                  
                 Dr. Kraus is available for Neurosurgery consultation (surgical and non-surgical) in Houston.
                      Offices:  1) West Houston Medical Center
                                    2) Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
                                    3) Katy
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Gary Kraus, M.D.    

Dr. Gary Kraus  has been practicing Neurosurgery for 16 years, after completing six years of neurosurgery residency and 1 year of fellowship training.  He performs all types of neurosurgery, including spine, brain, peripheral nerve surgery, carotid artery surgery, and gamma knife surgery for brain tumors.  He also performs  lumbar epidural steroid injections and sacro-iliac (SI) joint injections, as well as non-surgical treatments for low back and neck pain.  Dr. Gary Kraus has experience in spinal surgery ranging  from "straightforward" discectomies to complex spinal fusions, minimally invasive spine surgery, kyphoplasty, and spinal cord stimulators.  Dr. Kraus surgically approaches the spine  posteriorly as well as anteriorly, and has performed over 1400 operations on the lumbar spine, and over 1100 operations on the neck.   He operates at West Houston Medical Center and at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospitals.  Dr. Gary Kraus has authored numerous peer reviewed papers in the neurosurgical journals, several chapters in neurosurgical texts, and has authored a textbook "Microsurgical Anatomy of the Brain: A Stereo Atlas."        He is  co-founder of , a company which produces educational animations, CD's, DVD's, websites, and Palm Pilot Applications for corporations and physicians.  For more extensive information on Dr. Gary Kraus and his  practice, and to see animations of surgical procedures on the low back and neck, please visit .  Dr. Kraus is  also on the editorial board of Total Body Magazine, a Health and Fitness Magazine published and distributed in Houston. 

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Dr. Gary Kraus is honored to be listed in Best Doctors in America from 2001-2008.

Dr. Kraus has been listed as a "Top Doc in Houston, Texas" by H Texas magazine in 2007, 2008 and 2009.    top doctors houston 2007 gary kraus md    top doctors houston 2008 gary kraus md   top doctors houston texas 2009 top docs united states neurosurgery spine

"In addition, being an avid weight lifter and runner, I  have discovered that there are many options in the treatment of low back and lower extremity pain.  Even though I am a surgeon,  I try to keep surgery as an option for those patients I feel will not benefit from more conservative care. 

I have found, over years of practicing neurosurgery, that certain non-surgical approaches seem to consistently work better than others.  That is why we have started the Kraus Back and Neck Institute, which is dedicated to attempting to improve low back and neck pain, and extremity pain,  using the best strategy for the patient.  Sometimes this involves surgery, while at other times, we can achieve good pain relief without surgery..  Some of the equipment used are the Accu Spina machines for IDD Therapy.  We also have the dedicated MedX Medical Lumbar and MedX Medical Cervical machines, which allow isolation of the lumbar and cervical spines, for strengthening and testing.  If these techniques don't work, we can consider surgical intervention, when needed.  As one of my patients succinctly stated, "we can always cut, but we can't uncut."  I find that most patients appreciate this philosophy, especially if they can achieve significant improvement in pain without the inconvenience, risk and cost of an operation.

In addition, much low back and lower extremity pain can be prevented, if one takes good care of their body.  I realize that in these days of personal stresses, this is sometimes easier said than done, but given the right guidance, this is certainly "do-able" by each of us. 

I often tell my patients that surgery is not the best answer for them.  But that is not the end of the road for them.  There are many other options.  I realize that  it is difficult for the average patient suffering from back pain, to make sense of what is available to him.  Even if he/she has the will, information is often scattered and fragmented. 

Thus, the reason for this site.  I have teamed with a group of outstanding individuals, ranging in specialty from physical therapy and chiropractics, to nutrition and strength training.  It is my firm belief, that through this multidisciplinary approach, we can conquer the majority of low back and lower extremity pain, and try to prevent the new onset of pain.  Even the most ambitious and resourceful individual  will have difficulty sifting through the jungle of information out there.  I sincerely hope this site helps with the understanding and treatment of low back pain."  Gary Kraus, M.D.

Have you seen a specialist, and are confused by either too much or too little information?  Do you have any personal questions, regarding yourself or a friend?  I welcome any comments, criticisms, and suggestions you may have for yourself or for this site. 

Remember, education is the first step to eradicating low back pain.

If you would Dr. Kraus to evaluate your particular situation, please contact his office at                281-870-9292.  There are  three locations (West Houston Medical Center;   Memorial Hermann Memorial City HospitalKaty Office)in Houston, Texas.  You can also e mail Dr. Gary Kraus .     Whether you are local to the Houston area, or are traveling from other areas of the United States, or from abroad, Dr. Kraus and his office will be happy to help you with your travel arrangements. Provided is a map for your convenience.

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Gary Kraus, M.D.,  Director,
neurosurgeon,  Kraus Back and Neck Institute,  Neurosurgery, P.A.
Medical Director, Neuroscience Center
Medical Director, Gamma Knife Center

West Houston Medical Center
Houston, Texas

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Neurosurgery, University
of Texas Medical School
at Houston

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West Houston Medical Center
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital
Spring Branch Medical Center

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