Kyphoplasty Minimally Invasive Procedure for Compression Fractures

Kyphoplasty has transformed the way we are able to take care of patients with compression fractures. In this segment, we will review what you can expect and the benefits of this minimally invasive spine procedure. 

Kyphoplasty may be recommended for damaged vertebrae or certain spinal fractures. In most cases, a weakening of the bones (osteoporosis) has caused the vertebrae to compress or collapse, causing pain or a hunched posture.

The procedure may be performed as an outpatient in 30 minutes or less. The relief from pain may be immediate and patients may resume normal activities immediately.

Kyphoplasty uses a small balloon that gently lifts bone fragments into their correct position.  The balloon is inflated to create a space that the surgeon later fills with a special bone cement. The bone cement creates an internal cast that holds the vertebra in place. This extra feature allows kyphoplasty to help restore vertebral height, and thus, help reduce spinal deformity.  It also allows a thicker cement to be used which has less risk of leaking out and causing complications.

It is important to accurately diagnose vertebral compression fractures, as there are a number of potential adverse effects if a diagnosis is missed and there is no treatment. In general, vertebral fractures are associated with both increased morbidity which includes continued pain, decreased physical function, deformity, and potentially social isolation, all of which negatively impact the individual’s overall quality of and enjoyment of life. Mortality is also associated with vertebral fractures, as women diagnosed with a compression fracture of the spine have a 15% higher mortality rate than those who do not experience fractures.

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Dr. Samuel Joseph, Jr. Awarded Top 20 Under 40 Spine Surgeons by NASS

Joseph Spine, Advanced Center for Spine Care is proud to announce that our founder Dr. Samuel A. Joseph, Jr., Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon (ABOS) has been selected as a recipient of North American Spine Society (NASS), SpineLine’s inaugural “20 Under 40” recognizing outstanding spine surgeons across the country. 

Dr. Joseph, as well as the other recipients, have been featured in SpineLine’s online magazine and will be recognized at the 2018 NASS Annual Meeting, in Los Angeles, September 26 – 29th, 2018.

NASS Annual Meeting is where spine care professionals from around the globe will share the latest information, innovative techniques and procedures, best practices, and new technologies in spine medicine. 

The Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity for spine care professionals to learn and gain skills through dynamic and challenging educational programs, the ability to network and build relationships with your colleagues and leading experts in spine care.

About Dr. Joseph

Dr. Joseph is a board certified, fellowship-trained, orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in advanced spine care. He is a leader in new spine medicine, including Stem Cell Therapy, Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery, and participated with the Medical device firm Osseus Fusion Systems to develop its Aries family of 3D printed lumbar interbody fusion devices that have received FDA 510(k) clearance.

About Joseph Spine

Joseph Spine is the advanced center for spine, scoliosis and minimally invasive spine surgery. Founded by Dr. Samuel A. Joseph, Jr., a fellowship trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon. His practice includes the specialized, conservative, and surgical care of patients. Treatment includes therapeutic injections, physical therapy, pain management, stem cell therapy, disc replacement surgery, minimally invasive techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery, and complex reconstruction of adult and pediatric spinal disorders. Dr. Joseph is among a select group of surgeons to offer cutting-edge regenerative injection (stem cell) therapy and robotic-assisted surgery for patients to provide the most advanced minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS) available globally. Joseph Spine has four locations in Tampa Bay, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Safety Harbor, and Brandon, FL. Joseph Spine is dedicated to offering humanitarian spine services internationally in the form of education, awareness, and surgery. Please visit JosephSpine.com for more information.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Symptoms and Treatments

Types of Structural Scoliosis

There are several types of structural scoliosis. In this video, Dr. Joseph will discuss the most common type of scoliosis, review symptoms and outline treatment options available for patients.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis accounts for about 8 in 10 cases of scoliosis. This type of scoliosis typically presents during adolescence, but it can also start earlier in childhood or infancy. What causes idiopathic scoliosis is currently unknown. Researchers discovered a gene that is believed to be associated with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis only a few years ago.

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is an abnormal C-shaped or S-shaped curvature of the spine. The curvature of the spine is measured by the Cobb angle. A Cobb angle greater than 15° is considered scoliosis.

Symptoms of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Symptoms include back pain, unequal leg lengths, uneven hips, uneven shoulders (one shoulder appears higher than the other), abnormal gait, as well as breathing difficulties when the rib cage puts pressure on the lungs. When left untreated, the deformity might progress significantly. For milder cases, your doctor may recommend nonsurgical treatment such as bracing. Braces are usually worn for several hours daily. This can be effective if the child is still growing and has a Cobb angle between 25° and 45°.
In progressive cases, or when the Cobb angle is greater than 45°, your doctor may recommend surgery to straighten and fixate the spine, by placing implants such as screws, rods, hooks, and wires in and along the spine.

Surgery treats but does not cure scoliosis. It corrects the abnormal curvature and prevents further progression of the disease.

Surgical treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Surgical treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis requires planning and precision. Each scoliotic curvature has unique challenges, and often the patient’s vertebrae are deformed, twisted and abnormally small, which makes for a challenging surgery. Mazor’s core technology allows surgeons to plan ahead before entering the operating room; Mazor Robotics advanced 3D planning software is used before surgery to create the procedure for each patient’s condition. During the operation, the physician does the actual work; Mazor X guides the surgeon’s tools according to the predetermined blueprint to place the implants.

About Joseph Spine

Joseph Spine is an advanced center for spine, scoliosis and minimally invasive spine surgery. Founded by Dr. Samuel A. Joseph, a fellowship trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon. His practice includes the specialized, conservative, and surgical care of patients. Treatment includes therapeutic injections, disc replacement surgery, minimally invasive techniques, and complex reconstruction of adult and pediatric spinal disorders. Dr. Joseph is also among a select group of surgeons to offer cutting-edge regenerative injection (stem cell) therapy.

Joseph Spine Proudly Sponsors 2018 Walk for Wishes – Tampa Bay

Join, us, Team Joseph Spine, as we walk and fundraise for this year’s Walk For Wishes at Water Works Park in Tampa on Saturday, April 28, 2018.  Together, we can raise money for Make-A-Wish to help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

Walk For Wishes is a nationwide Make-A-Wish® fundraiser that celebrates the more than 285,000 wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. It’s a family-friendly event powered by wish families, volunteers, donors and friends.

You can participate by registering to walk or or you can donate to a walker or a team. Below is some general information about the walk. You can also visit Make-A-Wish’s sub site Walk for Wishes for more information.

Event Date: Apr 28, 2018- 8:30am 

Event Location: Water Works Park 

Event Address:  1710 N. Highland Ave. Tampa, FL 33602

Registration Fees:  Adults: $20, Children 8 and under: Free

T-Shirt information: All registered participants receive an official Walk For Wishes t-shirt. Deadline to register to receive a t-shirt is April 15, 2018.          

Event Schedule: Registration 8:30am | Event 9:30am 

Event Start Time:  8:30am

Event End Time:  11:00am

Length of Walk:  3 miles

Parking Info:  TBA

Are Pets Allowed? Yes        

Route Map: TBA

Last year, Make-A-Wish granted more than 15,000 wishes nationwide – that’s one every 34 minutes. Make-A-Wish is dedicated to making every eligible child’s wish come true and they need all of the community support we can offer– fundraise with us today and you can be a big part of making that happen.

Dr. Andrew Moulton Joins Joseph Spine Advanced Center for Spine Care

Joseph Spine is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Moulton has joined our practice and will be seeing patients primarily at Joseph Spine’s Advanced Center for Spine, Scoliosis, and Minimally Invasive Spine Centers in Safety Harbor and St. Petersburg locations.

“As our business grows, and to better serve the Tampa Bay area, we felt the need to add another advanced spine care surgeon to our practice to ensure the best spine care and convenience to our patients,” said Dr. Samuel Joseph, founder of Joseph Spine. “Dr. Moulton provides a great blend of expertise and knowledge in advanced spine care, along with a strong passion to provide community outreach to spine patients in need, locally, nationally and internationally, which is a high priority for Joseph Spine.”

Dr. Moulton received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and completed his medical degree at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York. He did his Residency at SUNY Downstate Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He did his Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Disease.

Dr. Moulton has been involved in a number of humanitarian efforts. He is president and co-founder of the Butterfly Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brings spine surgery teams from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic to teach local surgeons the latest techniques in spine surgery.

Dr. Moulton has published numerous papers in professional journals and was involved in two biomechanical studies involving the spine. He is also fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.

About the Butterfly Foundation

The Butterfly Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on teaching spinal deformity surgery in developing countries. The primary site has been the Dominican Republic, with similar projects annually in Chile, Jamaica, Malawi, and Vietnam. The first trip to the Dominican Republic was in March 2003. The pattern for following trips includes and established deformity surgeon working alongside a local surgeon as well as didactic lectures and saw-bone workshops. Teams consist of academic spinal deformity surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, OR techs, perfusionists, and neurophysiologists. Local “fellows” have been selected at each site for focused training.

About Joseph Spine

Joseph Spine is the advanced center for spine, scoliosis and minimally invasive spine surgery. Founded by Dr. Samuel A. Joseph, Jr., a fellowship trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon. His practice includes the specialized, conservative, and surgical care of patients. Treatment includes therapeutic injections, physical therapy, pain management, stem cell therapy,  disc replacement surgery, minimally invasive techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery, and complex reconstruction of adult and pediatric spinal disorders. Dr. Joseph is among a select group of surgeons to offer cutting-edge regenerative injection (stem cell) therapy and robotic-assisted surgery for patients to provide the most advanced minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS) available globally.

Joseph Spine is dedicated to offering humanitarian spine services internationally in the form of education, awareness, and surgery. Please visit JosephSpine.com for more information.

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