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Burnout Affects 40-60% of all Physicians

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Vassil

New studies are raising the alarm that physician burnout, emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a sense of reduced personal accomplishment, has reached epidemic levels. Treating it has SO many benefits, it’s unfathomable why every hospital and clinic doesn’t immediately address this issue.

Hanging Tough: Lumbar Disc Replacement Over Fusion

Courtesy of Texas Back Institute and Jack Zigler, M.D. / Courtesy of Synthes Spine

Jack Zigler keeps tracking his ProDisc patients, now 12 years post FDA approval. Just as he found at 3 years, 5 years and 7 years post approval, LADR is superior to fusion. And cheaper. Yet, on May 1, 2017 United Healthcare cited no long term data to label LADR “unproven.” Such a monumental mistake. Read on.


The Last Men Standing

Courtesy of Premia Spine Ltd

Once upon a time lumbar arthroplasty was the most innovative and exciting development in spine surgery. Thirteen years ago the procedure hit a reimbursement wall. That was then, this is now. The resurrection of TOPS is the latest sign that lumbar arthroplasty has a second wind.