The Evolution of Cervical Disc Surgery

Published: July 18, 2004  |  Source: paincareholdings.com
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ORLANDO, Fla.,/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — PainCare Holdings, Inc. (Amex: PRZ) is proud to present an industry introspective entitled “The Evolution of Cervical Disc Surgery” authored by Merrill W. Reuter, M.D., PhD, FACS, Chairman of PainCare and President of Advanced Orthopaedics of South Florida, a PainCare subsidiary.

Randy Lubinsky, CEO of PainCare, stated, “Dr. Reuter is one of the noted leaders and pioneers in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery and a valued member of PainCare’s executive leadership. In both capacities he has dedicated himself to advancing the science of pain relief through mainstream awareness and adoption of new systems of care in the field of orthopedic surgery. This insightful editorial represents an outstanding opportunity for PainCare to share Dr. Reuter’s perspective on the history of cervical disc surgery and his educated opinions on how it will evolve.”

“The Evolution of Cervical Disc Surgery” Abstract: As with most other aspects of medicine and surgery, the understandinntervention, operating around the cervical spine and spinal cord did not often have satisfactory results, and it was not until the early part of the 1920s that surgery for cervical disc abnormalities became a reasonable option. Starting out with Posterior decompression and then by the late 1940s becoming more of an Anterior approach with a fairly rapid acceptance of fusion, the mainstream or gold standard technique for treatment of cervical disc injury for most of the past half century has become anterior decompression and anthrodesis.

Throughout this time, however, arthroplasty, as well as decompression without fusion, were explored, but only recently were minimally invasive techniques able to make decompression without fusion viable. And, we are now on the horizon of disc replacement technologies. The next horizon will likely include percutaneous disc augmentation technologies that will hopefully yield the need for less subsequent surgical intervention and less reliance on implant survivability.

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Concluding, Lubinsky added, “This introspective is the first in what we expect will be a series of publications authored by PainCare’s cadre of world class physicians and made available to the public via our web site. We are hopeful that by sharing innovative ideals and advanced techniques in this manner, it will serve as a productive and educational resource for healthcare professionals, patients and others interested in prevailing advancements in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery, interventional pain management and orthopedic Rehabilitation, as well as professional editorials authored by PainCare’s physicians and specialists.”

Dr. Reuter is a renowned orthopedic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery and is founder of The American College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Reuter has been Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc. since 1996 and has also been Board Certified in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery by The American Board of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery since 1999. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons,as well as the American Board of Forensic Examiners and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, he is also an active member of various medical organizations, including The American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine and Surgery, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Orthopaedic Society, the North American Spine Society and the Southern Medical Association.

About PainCare Holdings, Inc.
Founded in Orlando, Florida in 2000, PainCare specializes in the cost- effective delivery of high-tech pain relief through minimally invasive surgery, pain management technologies and orthopedic rehabilitation. The Company has established and is aggressively expanding a highly specialized network of orthopedic rehabilitation, spine surgery and pain management centers across North America to serve the pain care market. PainCare has built a professional healthcare organization comprised of many internationally renowned pain management physicians, neuro and orthopedic surgeons, and physiatrists with centers found in Florida, Colorado, North Dakota, Texas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Georgia, Michigan and Canada.

PainCare also offers turnkey, on-site, rehab and electro diagnostic programs directly to independent physician practices, group practices and medical institutions under a revenue-sharing arrangement. MedX-Direct provides the most advanced testing, strengthening and rehabilitation utilizing state-of-the-art MedX equipment installed on-site at each physician practice. EDX-Direct program physicians are supplied with all equipment, technical training and support necessary to introduce electro diagnostic medicine studies into their respective practice offerings.

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