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From Forced Retirement To Working On The Ranch

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Federal agent, forced to retire, Keith Fletcher is back working on his ranch after spine surgery with Dr. Blake Staub. Keith battled a life long struggle with Scoliosis. In his 50s Keith started to experience more pain from his spine condition which progressed into a debilitating back pain forcing him to retire. He was a […]

How To Check For Scoliosis At Home

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Dr. Isador Lieberman, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Texas Back Institute talks about scoliosis and how to determine if you have scoliosis. Definition: Scoliosis is a sideways bend and rotation of the spine. Scoliosis can progress in children or teenagers as they grow, or in adults can progress from age related degeneration of the spine. Those […]

When Does Spine Deformity Require Surgery?

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When Does Spine Deformity Require Surgery? Dr. Mark Kayanja, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Texas Back Institute answers the question “When Does My Spinal Deformity Require a Surgeon?” Spinal deformity is an abnormal curvature of the spine. This can occur in the all regions of the spine, which include the cervical spine (neck), Thoracic (mid-back), and […]

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 13

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Go Fish August 21, 2019 Day 13   This morning was running for some, sleeping for others, and breakfast for all. No over-sleepers like yesterday (*cough* Dr. Gorlick *cough*)! We loaded the bus shortly after 7:00am and headed to the hospital. Dr. Lieberman went immediately over to the medical school to give another short lecture […]

Uganda Spine Surgery Mission 2019 – Day 12

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The Man with the Anesthesia has Gone August 20, 2019 Day 12   Last week, Dr. Kayanja told us about a book written by a Ugandan physician entitled, “The Man with the Key has Gone.” In it, he describes some of the barriers to healthcare delivery in the country. One such barrier is the fact […]

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 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 […]

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