Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX spinehealth.com

Relief from Lower Back and Neck Pain

 
surgery optionsavoid surgery
      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
           FILM REVIEW:  send an e mail                                       
                                                         
      To arrange  an appointment, call 281-870-9292,  visit  neurosurgerypa.com
or   send an e mail
              For national and international patients, we can help with  travel arrangements
                                
.......................................................................                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                         top doctors houston texas 2007 top docs united states neurosurgery spine   top doctors houston texas 2008 top docs united states neurosurgery spine  top doctors houston texas 2009 top docs united states neurosurgery spine   best doctors in america, united states neurosurgery spine
                                            Dr. Kraus is honored to be listed in
                                            "Best Doctors in America" (2001-2008) and
                                             "Top Doctors of Houston, Texas" (2007, 2008, 2009)     

                                           DISCUSSION GROUP
                         (please post only serious articles in order to help others with low back pain and neck pain
                                 We cannot continually monitor the discussion board, and are not responsible for,
                                 nor do we endorse postings:  We rely on the "honor system" for policing content)

                           Job Postings in the Medical Field
                    Join The Houston Back and Neck Pain Support Group    
                              For website, animation, CD or DVD needs,
                           or to create an entire PDA or Palm presentation, visit cyberacuity.com   
    

Please scroll down for remainder of page

low back pain ache houston texas united states
Low Back Pain, can be very debilitating.  The effects of Low Back Pain in the USA are staggering!!
    
 
   

home
directions to office
AVOID SURGERY
Kraus Back Neck Inst
backwatch
causes
anatomy
radiology
symptoms
diagnosis
treatment
back care
sex and back pain
weight loss
nutrition
motivation
exercise
sports
physical therapy
chiropractic
pain medications
pain management
Epidural Steroids
NEUROSURGERY
OSTEOPOROSIS
Trigeminal Neuralgia
interesting  cases
FAQ's
about us
ask us
THE EXPERT
DISCUSSION BOARD
contact
links to sites
disclaimer/privacy
sitemap
JOB POSTINGS

 low back pain, back pain, pain, back, best doctors, top doctors, top, best doctors america, america, MedX, medical, lumbar, cervical, spina, idd, idd therapy, therapy, accu-spina, accuspina, drx9000, drx 9000, lordex, traction, back, low back pain, back pain, pain, spine, leg pain, sciatica, lumbar, cervical, disc, herniated disc, slipped disc, disk, houston, texas, usa, america, united states, conservative, non-surgical, britain, france, saudi arabia, dubai, mexico, puerto rico


best doctors america

top doc doctor  houston texas  2007
   last updated
  June 19, 2009

top doctor houston  texas 2008top doctors houston texas 2009 top docs united states neurosurgery spine
................................

Other areas of
Expertise:

Gamma Knifegamma knife houston, texas united states

 



Normal Pressure-
Hydrocephalus

normal pressure hydrocephalus nph, houston, texas, united states

Osteoporosis: Prevent/Reverse It

osteoporosis, bone density, bone strength, houston, texas, united states






Trigeminal Neuralgia

trigeminal neuralgia, houston, texas, united states

 

fusion : "360"

This type of fusion implies fusion and support for the anterior and posterior segments of the spinal canal.  It has also been called "belts and suspenders." 

Examples would be an anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) followed by a posterior fusion with pedicle screws and rods.  Alternatively, it might consist of a posterior lumbar interbody fusion PLIF) followed by the placement posteriorly of pedicle screws and rods.  Another approach is to place a tangential fusion cage (POLAR) posteriorly, and supplement with pedicle screws.  Yet another variant would be an impacted PLIF (posterior lumbar interbody fusion) in which bone plugs are placed in the interspace between the vertebral bodies, and pedicle screws are places to compress the bone grafts in place.

fusion of the lumbar spine; bone growth stimulator

fusion cages in the spinefusion of the lumbar spine; pedicle screws

 

   

Above, on the left, is a model of a posterolateral fusion with bone graft and a bone growth stimulator.  In the middle is a posterior instrumentation with pedicle screws and rods.  On the right, an anterior lumbar interbody fusion with fusion cages packed with bone graft is seen. 

A "360 fusion" may provide additional stability and support, compared to a posterior fusion or an anterior fusion.  The final verdict on this remains to be determined.

As the number of fusion techniques grows, a growing number of questions is developing surrounding fusion.  What is the best technique?  Front or back?  What is the best substance to use for a fusion?  Does the patient's own bone heal during a fusion than bone morphogenic protein? What are the costs of a fusion, and is the cost of performing one type of fusion versus another type of fusion justified?  These and many other questions about fusion will be answered over time. 

 

                                                lowback-pain.com GEK Consultants, 2003-2008; all rights reserved;  
                                                medical diagnosis and treatment require a history and physical examination;  the authors
                                                assume no liability for any losses, healthwise, monetary or other, arising from use of
                                                this site (lowback-pain.com)