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The Road to Surgery

General surgery is defined by the American Board of Surgery as “a discipline that requires knowledge of and familiarity with a broad spectrum of diseases that may require surgical treatment.” Because it is of an all-encompassing nature, general surgery requires that surgeons have a vast knowledge of the body’s systems, ailments, and the surgical techniques that will correct them. We’ve researched general surgery residency at some of the most prestigious schools of medicine in the country. Here’s a look at what it takes to become a general surgeon in the United States today.

Degenerative Disc Disease: Is Laser Spine Surgery an Option?

As we age, our bones start to weaken and we tend to experience more pain in the back and neck areas. Vertebral fractures and other disc-related problems start to appear, especially for people over the age of 35. Back pain and injury is also attributed to the kind of lifestyle we live. For example, frequent lifting of heavy items can lead to spine problems. All of these back-related symptoms are indicative of the degenerative disc disease.

Laser Spine Surgery – An Option For Scoliosis Sufferers?

People who suffer from scoliosis typically don’t notice it until it’s too late. Unfortunately, the spinal curvature can be pretty severe before people realize what’s going on. Aside from a noticeable spinal curve, people with scoliosis may notice that their shoulders and hips are uneven. Untreated, the spine may begin to twist as well causing severe back pain and problems with breathing.

A history of limited options

In the past those who suffered from S or C shaped spinal curvatures didn’t have much of a choice with their treatment options. The go to procedure was an open spine fusion surgery. This is and was a complex procedure which involved large incisions (and the resultant scars) , removal of substantial portions of the spine and replacing it with cumbersome (and bulky) devices. This procedure is intensive and the recovery for patients was long and difficult. Unfortunately, the choice for patients was essentially between further discomfort and deteriorating health or the fusion surgery.