The 20th Anniversary of Artificial Disc Replacement at Texas Back Institute: What This Means for the Future

Anniversaries serve an important function. They allow us to reflect on how far we have come, and where we can still go in the future. This year is the 20th anniversary of the artificial disc replacement procedure being performed at Texas Back Institute and thousands of patients are celebrating with them! As the first year of […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 14

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4, 3, 2, 1 August 22, 2019 Day 14   Wake-up, work-out, eat-up. That’s how our morning went again today! The only deviation was the delayed arrival of the coffee, much to everyone’s dismay. We practiced our adaptability today, like all the other days. When we arrived at the hospital at 7:30am, we had four […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 Day 11

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It’s Go Time… Again! August 19, 2019 Day 11   This morning started with a 5:15am wake-up call for those that wanted to do some Pilates led by Dr. Lieberman. Or some extra sleep for the others. We all met up for a good breakfast at 6:30 before heading out for the hospital at 7:00am. […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Days 9 & 10

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R&R August 17-18, 2019 Day 9 and 10   This weekend was MUCH needed. After lots of late nights and a heavy case load last week, we were all slowing down. Three members of Team 1 left us on Saturday morning—Dr. Kayanja, Teisha, and Ashlee—and the rest of us that were staying for week two […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Misison 2019 – Day 8

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Wishful Thinking August 16, 2019 Day 8   Everyone needed an extra cup of coffee or tea (or both) this morning to get over our surgery-hangover from the night before. Unfortunately, little did we know, we probably should’ve had another one. Today was another doosey. We started the day as normal—Dr. Kayanja and Dr. Schaffer […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 7

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race? August 15, 2019 Day 7   We are all starting to feel the long days and late nights catching up to us. Each day people wake up a tiny bit later, get ready a tiny bit quicker, eat a tiny bit faster. All to be out the door at […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 6

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Divide and Conquer! August 14, 2019 Day 6   Morning came way too soon for us this morning. As for my roommate Sherron and I, who slept straight through the alarm, the getting ready process was especially rushed! We were all downstairs by 7:00am for a quick but hearty breakfast before we left. Some brought […]

Is There Life After Back Injuries for These Two Young Golfers?

One of the longest professional sports seasons has started again. The Professional Golf Association (PGA) is back in full swing, and several of the “young guns” in the PGA are trying to come back from debilitating injuries. Rory McIlroy and Jason Day experienced back injuries that ended their season last year, and this year they […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2016 Team One: Day 9

Day 9: July 12th, 2016 Overnight we were joined by another group of new team members: Dr. Kerner and her plastic surgery crew, including Dr. Susan Benton (anesthesia) and her surgical tech, Lorna. As it happens, they arrived at a very opportune time, as several of our patients were desperately in need of interventions from […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2016 Team One: Day 8

Day 8: July 11th, 2016 Over the weekend another team arrived to Uganda. This team includes Dr. Paul Holman (neurosurgeon), Dr. Alvina Lone (anesthesiologist),Dr. Johan Lone (internal medicine) and Jordan Talley (student). With the addition of the new team members, the group was refreshed with the new energy and excitement of many bright-eyed, bushy-tailed rookies. […]

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