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Robotic arms could give surgeons a hand in future spinal surgery

18th January 2019 8:54 am 18th January 2019 8:54 am

Spinal conditions such as scoliosis and kyphosis could be rectified with the help of robotic arms that semi-autonomously drill holes into individual vertebrae.

Protocol reduces opioid use in spinal surgery patients

A novel "Enhanced Recovery After Surgery" (ERAS) protocol developed by Penn Medicine for patients undergoing spinal and peripheral nerve surgery significantly reduced opioid use. A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine showed that when an ERAS protocol was employed -- which optimizes patients' surgical care before, during, and after surgery, including patient education, post-operative medications, and recovery plans -- fewer patients needed pain medications one month after surgery.

Nearly 75 percent of patients at Penn Medicine who undergo spinal surgeries are opioid naïve -- patients who are not chronically taking opioids on a daily basis ...

9 Health Checks To Get This Year If You Haven't Been To The Doctor In A While - Bustle

There's no question that being proactive about your health is the best way to make sure you're in tip-top shape, whether that's fighting off the inevitable February cold or starting your 5k training in the spring. But for a lot of us, it's easy to put off the essential health checks[1] that can help us be our healthiest selves. Maybe you saw your GP last year, but forgot to make your dentist appointments — and that's perfectly OK. It's a new year, after all. While ...

You Could Have a Herniated Disc Without Even Realizing It

Even if you don’t know exactly what a herniated disc is, it just sounds like something you’d want to avoid. That makes perfect sense, because this health issue can be pretty freaking painful[1]—but in a weird twist, sometimes a herniated disc doesn’t hurt at all.

The discs in your back are rubbery cushions in between your

Advanced equipment to 'streamline' spine surgeries

A high-end mobile X-ray system designed for 2D fluoroscopic and 3D imaging has been adopted in spine surgeries to streamline the procedure, improve accuracy and reduce complications, local medical experts said over the weekend.

Spine surgery is complicated and risky, and was limited due to the limitations of ...

Biologics in spine surgery holds great promise — Dr. Choll Kim ...

While the use of biologics in spine surgery is still emerging, more spine surgeons are gaining exposure to the field as new clinical trials and noninvasive treatments are born.

Choll Kim, MD, PhD, is a spine surgeon at Spine Institute of San Diego. He is the founder and past-president of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and founder of the Minimally Invasive Spine Centers of Excellence.

With expertise in minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Kim shared his thoughts on the use of biologics in spine surgery.

To share your thoughts or insights on the future of biologics in spine surgery, ...

Surgery can help herniated disk issue

Spinal Motion-Preservation Devices Market Segmentation, Industry ...

Spinal motion preservation devices are used for fixation of multiple spinal segment, correction of scoliosis, stabilization of motion segment and balancing the vertebral alignment. Spinal motion preservation devices are allowing patient to retain movement and flexibility. Among all spinal surgical approaches to preserve spinal motion cervical disc arthroplasty has most effective method. In spinal surgery segment there are multiple devices and techniques ...

6 Everyday Habits That Could Be Triggering Your Headaches

When you’re suffering from headaches, it’s easy for your mind to jump to a worst-case scenario. But while it is possible that recurring headaches can be due to something scary like a brain tumor, it’s much more likely they result from something fairly innocent that you’re doing and don’t realize.

In general, headaches happen when the blood vessels, muscles and nerves in your head are over-stimulated, said Dr. Vernon Williams, a neurologist and director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.

American Heart Association To Honor Local Chattanooga Survivor

The American Heart Association will be putting on their annual Go Red for Women Luncheon at The Chattanoogan Hotel on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. All proceeds will go to the American Heart/American Stroke Association to fund research, education and programs to fight heart disease and stroke.

All attendees will be presented with a heart healthy meal and will hear a survivor story from local, Autumn Fitch, about her fight with cardiovascular disease.

Local boutiques will be participating in a fashion show to contribute to the cause of the Go Red For Women movement focusing on the prevention ...

Demolition Project On Walnut Street Turns Up Documents From City's Earliest Days

A demolition project on Walnut Street has unexpectedly turned up documents from Chattanooga's earliest days.

Rob Bentley, a young man who has developed a love for Chattanooga's history, said he got a call from his friend Robert Parks about the discovery.

His company, T. U. Parks, is doing the demolition and build-out of the former Elks Building at Walnut and Seventh and the small adjacent former Title Guaranty and Trust building.

Mr. Bentley, who works at the venerable Chattanooga firm of T.T. Wilson and Company, said, "When they were demoing the old vault the workers found the old documents. Robert went ...

Tennessee Medical Association president addresses opioid crisis in Chattanooga

Tennessee Medical Association president addresses opioid crisis in Chattanooga at Monday meeting. (IMAGE: WTVC)

At Monday's monthly regional Health Council meeting in Chattanooga, speaker Dr. Nita Schumaker focused her message on the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Schumaker is the president of the Tennessee Medical Association. She's also a local pediatrician in Chattanooga. She's giving presentations to physicians across the state. Dr. Schumaker gave a tweaked presentation to the regional meeting on Monday.

Tennessee is number two in the nation for prescribing opioid painkillers. That's from a 2016 report, and Dr. Schumaker believes those numbers will actually be much better ...

Video: Flu Season Update

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – If need to go to a hospital emergency room this weekend expect to see a crowd.

The flu epidemic of 2018 can be blamed for most of it and weather related incidents come ...

Chattanooga man shares story of living with ALS - WRCB-TV


An upcoming event is bringing awareness to a disease that impacts about 30,000 people in the United States. 

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, causes nerve cells in the body to stop working, eventually leading to death. 

The ALS Association of Tennessee[1] reports about 450 people who are diagnosed are in Tennessee, fewer than 50 of those are in Chattanooga. 

The beauty of the mountains brought Craig and Kelly Carter ...

Smokers more likely to need spinal surgery

(Reuters Health) - - Smoking increases the risk of lower back pain that needs to be fixed by spinal surgery, a Swedish study suggests.

Researchers focused on a common cause of lower back pain known as lumbar spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. The condition often develops as people age, but nicotine’s constriction of blood flow and promotion of inflammation are believed to contribute to the process, the study authors write.

The researchers examined data on 331,941 construction workers who were part of a nationwide occupational health registry ...

Exercise Safely When the Weather Outside Is Frightful

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TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're exercising outdoors this winter, take special precautions, a ...

Vitamin D, calcium supplements may not lower fracture risk

(Reuters Health) - Older adults who take vitamin D and calcium are no less likely to break their hips or other bones than peers who don’t use these supplements, a research review suggests.

Researchers examined data from 33 previous trials with a total of more than 51,000 people aged 50 or older who were living in the community, not in nursing homes or other institutional settings. They found no difference in fracture risk among people who got no treatment, a placebo or dummy pill, or vitamin D and calcium alone or in combination.

“It is time to stop ...

Chattanooga Books Available By John Wilson

John Wilson, former Hamilton County Historian, has written two volumes on the early families of Hamilton County and also books on Chattanooga and on Lookout Mountain, as well as editing books on Chattanooga's railroads and the Stokes and Hiener photo collections.

Railroads In And Around Chattanooga, featuring Chattanooga's intriguing railroad history, has 69 chapters and covers rail history here and in surrounding towns.

The book, with many photos by Wes Schultz, has 568 pages and 1,546 photos and maps.

It is $35, plus $6 for shipping and handling.

There are some remaining copies of the third edition of The Remarkable Stokes Collection ...

Ask a Doctor: How do if I'm allergic to penicillin?

Dr. Russell Walker Dr. Russell Walker Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Q: I'm often asked if I am allergic to penicillin. How do I know for sure? A: The label of penicillin allergy is commonly attached in childhood where common childhood infections may themselves contribute to or be confused with allergy. In addition, even in those with true allergy, over 90 percent will lose this tendency over a 10-year period. Consequently, although approximately 10 percent of the population is labeled as being allergic to penicillin, more than 90 percent of these individuals actually are negative on allergy testing ...

Ask a Doctor: How can I prepare for the cold and flu season?

Dr. Justin A. Ossman, UT Erlanger Primary Care East Dr. Justin A. Ossman, UT Erlanger Primary Care... Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Q: How can I prepare for the cold and flu season? A: It is now fall and soon to be winter, and this means the dreaded sniffling, runny nose, sneezing and coughing season is amongst us. Whether you are an executive, teacher, plumber or physician, we all have a likelihood of being exposed to some form of viral illness that can make us feel down in the dumps. I want to discuss a few things we ...

City Council approves renovations, readdresses health care

City Council approved a resolution for renovations that would replace the glass panels on the Holmberg Bridge with metal ones. (Photo: Hunter Museum of American Art)

City Council recently approved funding for two major renovation projects and addressed health care concerns brought forward by retired employees of th

Construction on new Children’s Hospital ahead of schedule

The Salvation Army To Deliver Thanksgiving Meals To Area Shut-Ins

The Salvation Army has identified more than 500 low-income seniors who would not otherwise have a Thanksgiving meal and are homebound. As a result of our generous community, these seniors will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, potatoes, green beans, dressing, cranberry sauce, a roll and pie. The Salvation Army will also serve federal inmates and their families. They expect to serve more than 500 meals on Thanksgiving.   

Packing and delivery of these meals will take place at The Salvation Army at 800 McCallie Ave.

at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.   

As we continue moving toward the holidays, ...

CHI Memorial Mobile Health Coach To Visit Brainerd

CHI Memorial’s mobile health coach will provide mammography screenings at Chattanooga College at Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road near Tuesday Morning, this Friday from 9 a.m.-noon.

"All women should have one screening mammogram between the ages of 35-40. After age 40, a screening mammogram is recommended every year.  Any woman who meets these age guidelines and has not had a mammogram in the past 12 months may participate, with or without insurance.

"For those with insurance, you must bring your insurance card and a photo ID, such as a driver’s license.

Insurance will be filed for you.  If you do ...

Vols: Jack Jones had 'really no other choice' to give up football due to injuries

Tennessee (3-4) will play Kentucky (5-2) on Saturday in Lexington. Dan Fleser/News Sentinel