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    Is it Time to Consider Spine Surgery?

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Whether caused by a chronic condition or simply overstraining yourself, many people will experience minor episodes of spine pain during their lives. While slight back or neck pain may dissipate on its own or with the help of medications, chronic pain that interferes with your daily life may require additional treatment. If more conservative measures have not alleviated your back or neck pain, talk to your neurosurgeon for more information about spine surgery for pain relief.

    Your spine supports your skeletal frame, protects your spinal cord and nerves, and allows your body to move, twist and bend. Accident, injury and repetitive motions can all contribute to spinal conditions that may require surgery to repair damage or relieve pain. You could benefit from spine surgery if you experience symptoms arising from some of the following conditions:

    • Herniated Disc: A herniated disc results when one of the soft discs between the vertebrae bulges or becomes torn. Symptoms include pain, numbness, and weakness in the area near the affected disc.
    • Sciatica: Sciatica is caused by pressure on the nerves within the lumbar spine. This pressure can arise from a herniated disc, stenosis, or spondylolisthesis. Symptoms include tingling, pain, numbness, or weakness down the legs.
    • Spinal Stenosis: Spinal stenosis describes a narrowing or compression of the nerves leading away from the spine. Symptoms of spinal stenosis include tingling, numbness, weakness, and burning sensations.
    • Spondylolisthesis: Caused by one vertebra slipping onto another and compressing the nerve roots within the spine, the symptoms of spondylolisthesis include lower back pain, decreased range of motion, numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs, and the loss of bladder and/or bowel control.

    Spine surgery is not the first or only solution to neck or back pain but can be effective when your symptoms have been unresponsive to conventional treatments like physical therapy, pain management or medications and injections. To learn more about your treatment options, schedule an appointment with your spine specialist or neurosurgeon.

    The founder of Kraus Back and Neck Institute, Dr. Gary Kraus is a leading Houston neurosurgeon specializing in spine health, spine surgery, and non-surgical spine treatments. For more information, please visit us online or call us today at (888) 816-8954 to schedule a consultation.

    Dr. Gary Kraus :: "Excellent Doctor" Review

    Last updated 5 years ago

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    • Dr. Kraus is very professional and extremely knowledgeable. He did both lumbar and cervical surgeries, a year apart, and I haven't felt as good in years. He made sure my wife and I understood exactly what was wrong with me and how he would fix it. Excellent Dr. highly recommended.

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    Thank you, Doug, for your review and for recommending us. It was our pleasure to help, and we are glad to hear that you are feeling great!

    The founder of Kraus Back and Neck Institute, Dr. Gary Kraus is a leading Houstonneurosurgeon specializing in spine health and pain management. For more information, please visit us online or call us today at (888) 816-8954 to schedule a consultation.

    Dr. Gary Kraus :: "Could Not Have Asked for a Better Outcome" Review

    Last updated 5 years ago

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    • I suffered from a herniated disk in the L4-L5 lumbar region for over 3 months. Sitting was very difficult and driving was very painful. My surgery lasted about 2 hours and was performed in an outpatient facility. The incision was only about 1.5 inches long. My pain relief was immediate. Surgery started at 10 am and I walked out of the... More

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    Thank you for the review! We are so glad to know that you are living pain-free and wish you continued health.

    The founder of Kraus Back and Neck Institute, Dr. Gary Kraus is a leading Houston neurosurgeon specializing in spine health and pain management. For more information, please visit us online or call us today at (888) 816-8954 to schedule a consultation.

    Dr. Gary Kraus, "Top Doctor" Houston

    Last updated 5 years ago

    • Dr. Gary Kraus, Houston Neurosurgeon
    • Houston Top Doc 2012

    Dr. Gary Kraus, the founder of Kraus Back & Neck Institute, is a top Houston neurosurgeon with over 17 years of experience. He specializes in back and neck pain management and treatment, surgical and non-surgical.

    Board-certified by the American Board of Neurosurgery and Fellowship trained, Dr. Kraus is recognized as a top neurosurgeon in Houston and the state of Texas by his peers and patients.

    Dr. Kraus not only incorporates new techniques and technologies in his practice, but he contributes to the field with patent pending new methods of spinal instrumentation. Although he has a vast surgical experience having performed over 3000 spine operations, he has significant expertise at helping patients achieve pain relief and restore function through non-surgical and/or minimally invasive approaches.

    For more information about Dr. Gary Kraus and the Kraus Back & Neck Institute, please visit us online or call us today at (281) 446-3876 to schedule your appointment.

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