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Dr. Giovanini now offering coflex® procedure for back pain relief
Posted on April 06, 2018 by Cathy Brown

Dr. Mark Giovanini recently successfully performed his first coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization™ procedures at Cornerstone Surgicare. In all three cases, the surgery was performed and the patients were discharged the same day. 

Dr. Giovanini is offering the coflex procedure as an alternative to traditional lumbar fusion surgery. In the procedure, the doctor uses a coflex device, a titanium metal implant that helps keep the spine stable after decompression surgery.

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012, the coflex device is strong and flexible enough...

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7 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Back Surgery
Posted on March 13, 2018 by Cathy Brown

If you need to have back surgery, preparing yourself mentally and physically can help make your recovery easier. Here are some tips to get ready for a successful surgery:

  1. Be informed. Take notes during your doctor’s visit and ask questions about anything you don’t understand. If possible, bring a friend or relative with you and have them take notes. A third party who’s less stressed may find it easier to remember what the doctor said.
  2. Get a second opinion. If you’re not sure that surgery is the right option for you, don’t hesitate to...
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Is it time to consider spinal cord stimulation for pain relief?
Posted on February 12, 2018 by Cathy Brown

If you have chronic pain, and if back surgery and other treatments haven’t worked, spinal cord stimulation may be the next logical step to try.

According to research published in 2012, spinal cord stimulation “has been established as an effective treatment in a number of painful syndromes,” including failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, and phantom limb pain.

What is spinal cord stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation is a...

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