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Disc Replacements Can Relieve Back Pain

Disc Replacements Can Relieve Back Pain

Neck and back pain are a problem for more than 16 million Americans.  It often results in chronic pain that can limit even everyday activities. In the past, the only surgical option was a fusion where the problem disc was removed, and the bones were fused together. Today, we have artificial discs that can replace the injured disc and can preserve motion in the neck or the back. 

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Dr. Michael Schwartz was the First Surgeon in TX to Use the Newest, Wireless Camera in Surgery

Dr. Michael Schwartz was the First Surgeon in TX to Use the Newest, Wireless Camera in Surgery

Dr. Michael Schwartz recently had the honor of being the first orthopedic surgeon in Texas to perform arthroscopic surgeries with the new wireless camera system from ArthroFree®.  This wireless camera is used in minimally invasive surgery to help the surgeon visualize the site they are operating on and the instruments they use. It eliminates conventional camera cables that tether surgeons to the surgical tower and hinder their movement. Because of that, the ArthroFree® Wireless Camera System is safer, faster, and requires less time for sterilization following a procedure. This...

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What is Ultra-Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

What is Ultra-Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

What is Ultra-Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery? Over the years minimally invasive spine surgery has become standard for most spine surgeries. That is because these surgical techniques are faster, safer and require less recovery time for the patient. However, “minimally-invasive” can refer to a wide range of techniques or procedures and now there is the option for ultra-minimally invasive spine surgery that has even smaller incisions. How do you know the differences between them? Minimally invasive and microscopic spine surgery utilizes incisions that are an inch or less and...

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Frozen Shoulder – A Common Cause of Shoulder Pain

Frozen Shoulder – A Common Cause of Shoulder Pain

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is one of the most common shoulder problems that an orthopedic surgeon treats.  In fact, a shoulder surgeon may see more than 5 patients a week with this condition. Frozen shoulder can affect both men and women, but it is more common in women, especially those aged 40 – 60 years old. The good news is that once someone has a frozen shoulder, it rarely comes back in the same shoulder again. The bad news is, that 50% of the individuals who get frozen shoulder may be predisposed to getting it in the other shoulder in the future....

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Dr. Michael Schwartz Named to the Super Doctor Hall of Fame

Dr. Michael Schwartz Named to the Super Doctor Hall of Fame

Dr. Michael Schwartz was recently named to the Super Doctor Hall of Fame. This is an honor achieved after being named a Super Doctor ten years in a row in his specialty of Sports Medicine.  Dr. Schwartz is the President of the OrthoTexas executive board and is the team doctor for the Allen Americans professional hockey team. Also recognized as Super Doctors in 2022 are: Dr. Christopher Allmon -  Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Hand, Wrist and Elbow Dr. Mitchell Fagelman - Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Shoulder and Elbow Dr. Keith Heier - Orthopedic Surgeon specializing...

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