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Even if you need surgery, try to get off opioids

By on September 22nd, 2016

Doesn’t matter which medical center or what diagnosis is studied: approximately 20% of patients undergoing surgery do not respond even with a technically well done surgery. Preoperative opioid usage is one of the main modifiable risk factors that contribute to poor outcome (others include uncontrolled diabetes, obesity, psychiatric disorders).

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Don’t let drug company marketing negatively influence your health

By on September 15th, 2016
When it comes to prescribing narcotic pain medications, I'm shocked when I recount how different things are now compared to when I was in my training. On two occasions in the past year , I received a call from the coroner telling me that my patient has overdosed on pain medication.
Kamshad Raiszadeh, M.D.

Dr. Raiszadeh's completed medical school at UC San Francisco, orthopedic surgery residency at UC Davis and his Pediatric and Adult Spine Fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases/NYU in New York City. He has 20 years of experience with the broad range of spine surgery including minimally invasive surgery, complex spinal disorders such as scoliosis and kyphosis, and cervical spine disorders. During this 20 years he has noticed a dramatic increase in patients turning to surgery for treatment of neck and low back pain, but many of them not getting their desired long-term result. He therefore became increasingly interested in improvement and standardization of non-operative treatment. By developing the best aspects of non-operative treatment in an atmosphere of empowerment to maximize the body’s own healing capacity, he noticed that many fewer patients required surgery, and the ones who underwent surgery had much better long term results.