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Robotics Surgery for Spine Cancer Gives Adrianna Her Life Back

Adrianna Mogollon seemed like a happy and healthy young woman, with her entire life ahead of her. She had a loving family, a passion for snowboarding and a zest for life. Everything seemed great until it didn’t. After the sharp back pains became too much for her to endure, she made an appointment to see […]

Dr. Isador Lieberman: A Pioneer of Robotic Surgery Looks to the Future

In a remarkable “sign of the times” for surgery, the Senhance robot recently became the first new robotic surgical system to receive FDA approval since 2000. According to an article in “Health Care Business,” during the procedure, “the surgeon sits in an ergonomically comfortable position and can see inside the patient’s body via 3D visualization. Senhance’s […]

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. […]

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 […]

Are Stem Cells the “Holy Grail” for Relieving Back Pain? Texas Back Institute Doctors Lead a National Trial to Find Out.

A research team from Texas Back Institute will be working on a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) trial to investigate one of the most revolutionary medical treatments in history – the use of stem cells to rejuvenate spinal tissue. The clinic has been involved in numerous important trials including those for artificial disc replacement and scoliosis treatment. What […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2017 – Day 9

Day 9: Let’s Get Cracking! Every morning is an early morning with a team breakfast. 6:30 am rolls around, and we all begin to trickle down from our rooms to eat and plan the day in more detail than we did the day before; two fusions were planned for the day on a woman by […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2017 – Day 7&8

The weekend: I Guess You Could Call This Days 7 & 8? Saturday morning. Bittersweet as we of Team 1 share our last breakfast together before everyone leaves Dr. Huang and I (Adam) behind to join Team 2 as they go to a conference in South Africa. We recall the events of the week and the […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2017 – Day 6

Day 6: That Case Was How Long? A typical morning, as usual. A workout for some, an even earlier morning for others, and sleep for the rest of us. We discuss the plan for the day over breakfast; a challenging and long fusion on a teenage girl named Jacinta, another fusion and decompression in the […]

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