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Preoperative Surgical Planning and Evaluation of Customized Instruments and Implants

As surgeons we are always looking for ways to improve the care we provide. An often overlooked yet equally important factor are the steps taken prior to even setting foot in the operative suite. Pre-operative planning is a factor that was stressed heavily during residency and fellowship, but as technological improvements are made in the implants and instruments, seldom has anyone sought to improve the way in which pre-op planning is performed. As trends have shown, patients today want individualized care, customized implants, and concierge medicine.

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New guided approach to instrumented lumbar fusion evolved from earlier methods

The recent introduction of 3-D-printed and patient-matched pedicle screw guides has modernized spine surgery planning and procedures. The process for this patient-matched approach provides for an efficient and effective technique that reduces radiation exposure and can save hospitals and health systems on expenditures for capital purchases, such as navigation systems or CT-scanning technology. In addition, surgeons are less reliant today on free-hand techniques than they once were.

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Physical Therapy and Improved Health

Often patients ask me whether physical therapy is necessary before or after surgery. Although some conditions that cause severe debilitating pain may not respond to therapy right away, patients find a degree of relief in most cases. We typically do not exercise enough and when we do, many of us use poor form or do not do the correct exercises.

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Is back or neck pain holding you back?

Is back or neck pain holding you back from golfing, biking, tennis, hiking, or some other fun activity? Dr. Nima Salari is here to help. Dr. Salari appeared on the Social Station Arizona to speak about how to treat your back and neck pain and when to consult a spine surgeon.

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Our high-tech life can wreak havoc on posture, health

Phones and computers are terrible for our posture. Being locked in a hunched position can be literally a pain in the neck. It’s hard to avoid it in this digital age, but it’s a modern-day problem that can wreak havoc on your back and spine. Dr. Nima Salari was interviewed by Channel 3 News on how our high-tech life can wreak havoc on our posture and our health. 

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