Are a bulging disc and herniated disc the same thing?
It is probably simplest to think of bulging and herniated as points on a continuum. When the disc between the vertebrae bulges enough to cause a tear on its surface and to put pressure on a nerve root or spinal cord, we call it herniated. That is generally the point at which patients experience back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. And that's the time to seek treatment.
What is an epidural?
An epidural is a potent steroid injection that helps decrease the inflammation of compressed spinal nerves to relieve pain in the back, neck, arms or legs. Some patients may need only one injection, but it usually takes two or three injections, spaced several weeks apart, to provide significant pain relief.
What does FACS stand for?
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
If I have surgery will your office fill out my disability paperwork?
Yes, our office will fill out any disability or FMLA paperwork that you need. Please see our disability form completion policy.
Where do you perform surgery?
We perform surgery at Christiana Hospital, Delaware Outpatient Surgery Center, and Upper Bay Surgery Center.
I had a spinal fusion, is my instrumentation MRI safe?
Your instrumentation is made out of titanium and is MRI safe.
Do I need antibiotics if I am going to have dental work if I have hardware in my body?
No. You do not need antibiotics when having dental work. However, we recommend waiting until three months after surgery before undergoing dental work.