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Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Day 5

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Day 5: What can we say? We just love late nights. Our usual breakfast was filled with chatter about what we were hoping was going to be a short day; we had planned a procedure on a young, small girl named Shivan; a large instrumentation and fusion to fix her back, two hardware removals (one […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Day 4

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Day 4: Murphy Strikes Breakfast was like the calm before the storm; no one truly knew what was going to happen, but we knew it would be a busy day. We had planned one instrumentation and fusion and one posterior lumbar instrumentation and fusion for the morning, and occiput (bone at the bottom of your […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Day 3

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Day 3: Clinic Queues Another morning, another breakfast, another bus ride to the clinic, however, instead of our usual bus, we had a much more entertaining situation. The previous night, our normal bus driver wasn’t there, so someone else drove us to the hotel. The problem was, the bus we were taking was significantly smaller […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Day 2

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Day 2: Exactly how much did we pack? The morning was pretty typical to trips in the past; some got up early and worked out, some took care of emails and everything, and others slept in until the last possible minute before the standard team breakfast, where we’d discuss the tentative plan for the day. […]

Are You Taking Too Much Ibuprofen for Your Constant Pain? The Answer is Most Likely “Yes”

Whether it is chronic or acute, pain affects the quality of life of millions of Americans every day. Pain varies in severity, based on its cause and other factors. It is felt when special nerves that detect tissue damage send signals to transmit information about the damage along the spinal cord to the brain. Literally, billions […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Day 1

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Day 1: Oh, the places you’ll go After many hours of international air travel, landing us in Doha, Qatar for a night, a majority of team 1 was able to reunite. Attending team 1 was Dr. Isador Lieberman, Dr. Michael Hisey, Dr. Jaime Villerreal, spinal fellow, all from Texas Back Institute, along with Dr. Susan […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2018 Preview

The Uganda Spine Surgery Mission Trip is underway, here are a couple of preview photos from the trip so far! Drs. Hisey and Lieberman flying the Texas Back Institute Flag on the trip!   The 2018 Uganda Spine Surgery Mission Team!

World Cup Player, Farfan, Suffers a Concussion: What You Should Know for Your Soccer Player

Since its inaugural tournament in 1930, every four years the FIFA World Cup soccer championship has drawn some of the largest audiences for a sporting event around the world. Literally billions of television viewers watch this hyper-competitive spectacle, and the players involved become well-known public figures to fans who might not otherwise have ever heard […]

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: Its Causes and Treatment

While the medical condition known as “failed back surgery syndrome” is a legitimate orthopedic diagnosis that results in chronic pain for the patient experiencing it, the condition is somewhat confusing. “Spine surgery is possibly the only field of medicine that has the dubious distinction of having a diagnosis called ‘failed surgery’ associated with it,” said […]

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 12 – 15

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Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 12-15   Sunday May 27 Day 12 Today we only had one case. She was a 21-year-old female who at pre-opt had a 110° x-ray, but during surgery she measured 124° scoliosis. She is doing great and she looks great. Today is Dr. Belanger and my (Toni Belanger) […]

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