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Dr. Sheena Bhuva Discusses New Research on Physical Therapy for Back Pain: It Saves Time, Money and Reduces the Need for Opioids

With its international reputation for clinical excellence and cutting-edge spinal research, Plano-based Texas Back Institute draws the best and the brightest of spine specialists from all over the United States. In some cases, these gifted physicians come from “just up the road.” Such is the case with one of the newest members of the TBI […]

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 […]

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) […]

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 6-11

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Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2018 – Days 6-11   Monday, May 21, 2018 Day 6 Today is actually day 11 that we have been doing surgery, but I have been overwhelmed with all the surgeries we have been doing and trying to take care of everyone that I have not had time to blog. Let […]

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 […]

Recognizing Thoracic Spine Myelopathy

We have recently covered the details of myelopathy, which is a spine condition that results from compression of the spinal cord. Myelopathy symptoms may cause weakness of the hands and/or legs, problems with walking, balance, and coordination. Additionally, loss of normal bowel, bladder, or sexual function may develop. The condition can also be painless unless […]

Ethiopian Spine Surgery Mission 2017 – Day 2

Dr. Ted Belanger, Spine Surgeon at Texas Back Institute has been leading a medical team to Ethiopia for the last several years. Their mission is to help people with severe spinal conditions with the latest in medical technology and techniques. Continue to follow their journey here on our blog. Day 2 – 5/19/2017 Today was a […]

Ethiopia Spine Surgery Mission 2017 – Day 1

Dr. Ted Belanger, Spine Surgeon at Texas Back Institute has been leading a medical team to Ethiopia for the last several years. Their mission is to help people with severe spinal conditions with the latest in medical technology and techniques. Continue to follow their journey here on our blog. Day 1 – 5/18/2017 After 36 hours […]

Meet Markos and Tamirat Bogale. It’s Their First Visit to America and Their Lives Will Never be the Same.

It is more than 8,300 miles between Dallas/Fort Worth and Ethiopia and Dr. Ted Belanger, a spine surgeon at Texas Back Institute, has made this trip many times since 2010, when he began his mission to help youngsters in this third world country overcome the ravages of scoliosis. While there is no cure for this […]

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 […]

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