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Miinimally Invasive Procedure May Ease Back Pain

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010


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A recent study presented at the annual meeting in Texas of the American Academy of Pain Medicine reported that patients with a variety of back pain conditions could benefit from a minimally invasive procedure called facet arthrodesis. In a prospective study the procedure was used with 102 spine joints in patients who had suffered from recurrent joint mediated low back pain. All subjects had previously had relief following a procedure where heat was used to cut off the nerve supply to the site of the back pain but this relief lasted only about 10 months. The minimally invasive procedure included a small incision and placing pins by the joints in the affected areas. A bone graft was then placed into the joint and designed to grow into the joint and relieve pain. a year after the procedure most patients reported a reduction in pain on a visual analogue scale from 79 to 23, and their functions improved on a separate disability index from 33.46 to 8.32. Ninety two percent also reported no longer taking narcotic drugs for pain. The researchers believe this has the potential to be a long term solution for back pain resulting from joint disease. Tags:, , , Posted in back and neck pain, research | 3 Comments »

Want to Avoid Knee Replacements and Harsh Chemicals for Your Arthritis. Dr Ross Hauser and Dr Thomas Lobe May Have Solutions For You

Sunday, January 17th, 2010 hauser_035 tlobe Dr Carl O Helvie will interview Dr Ross Hauser (left) and Dr Thomas Lobe on the Holistic Health Show on Saturday. Dr Hauser received his M.D. from the University of Illinois, Chicago, completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Loyola-Hines VA-Marianjoy Hospitals, and received his baccalaureate degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaigne. He is currently the Medical Director, CEO, and Co-founder of the physician run, comprehensive natural medicine clinic, Caring Medicine and Rehabilitation Services in Oak Park, Illinois. Buy Soma Next Day Delivery Dr Hauser is most well know for his expertise in the technique of Prolotherapy, a medical procedure that stimulates the body to repair painful, injured areas. He trained under Dr Gustav Hemwall who is the grandfather of this procedure. As a result of his expertise and books on Prolotherapy Dr Hauser sees patients from all over the USA and abroad. Buy Diazepam Xanax Dr Hauser is a consultant for Beulah Land Nutritionals, a comprehensive nutriceuticals store and with his wife developed some of the products for optimal health. Dr Hauser and his wife co-authored the national best seller Proto Your Pain Away! Curing Chronic Pain with Prolotherapy. along with a four-book topical mini series of Prolotherapy books. They also wrote the Anthology of Prolotherapy- Prolo Your Sports Injuries Away! Curing Sports Injuries and Enhancing Athletic Performance with Prolotherapy a 900 page sports book that discusses the use of Prolotherapy for sports injuries and other topics including nutrition, surgery, x-rays, cortisone shots, MRI’s, and other aspects of sports medicine. They also coauthored Treating Cancer with Insulin Potentiation Therapy and more recently Prolotherapy: An Alternative to Knee surgery. In additional to national lectures he is a preceptor for Bastyr University’s naturopathic medical students and also Midwestern University’s Physician Assistant Program. More information is available at:

Dr Thomas Lobe, M.D., FAC’s, FAAP, is Founder and Medical Director of Beneveda Medical Group in Beverly Hills, California. He obtained his baccalaureate degree at George Washington U, and during his medical education studied with leading physicians at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University. He also studied with former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D. and graduated from medical school cum laude and with honors in pediatrics. After medical school he trained at Ohio State University Hospital in general surgery and the Children’s Hospital in pediatric surgery. He became Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston following his residency and made national news as being the first to successfully separate a particularly difficult variety of Siamese twins and lead the nation in complex reconstruction of the airway.
He was recruited to the University of Tennessee in Memphis and LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center to start the first pediatric surgery training program in the south. There he lead the world in the development of laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery in children. He also wrote the first textbook on the subject and pioneered many novel techniques. In addition, he established the first medical journal devoted to advanced surgical techniques in children and currently remains the editor. While in Tennessee he began his television career and remains the host and moderator of What’s Up Doc? a medical talk show on GHS-TV in Germantown, Tennessee.
Dr Lobe continued an interest in alternative and complementary Medicine throughout his career and convinced the Dean of the Medical School in Tennessee to begin a program of instruction for medical students. He remained in charge of that program for over a decade before leaving the area for a new challenge at
Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. There he was recruited to pioneer advances in minimally invasive surgery and with his associates he was the first to develop an advanced technique to perform major head and neck surgery such as thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy. Through a small incision in the armpit, the procedure leaves the patient with no visible, unsightly scar and no pain.
To strengthen his interest in alternative and complementary medicine Dr Lobe obtained an additional degree in naturopathic medicine and passed his boards in both medical hypnosis and medical acupuncture. He has traveled extensively and studies with leaders in this field of practice.
Dr Lobe has written more than 200 books, book chapters, and peer reviewed articles and has lectured world-wide on nearly every continent. He also found time to study law and completed an additional degree-Physician’s Executive Masters in Business Administration at the University of Tennessee.
He is a board member and founding advisor to Neatstitch, LLC, a laparoscopic instrument company based in Israel and now in the United States, and also co-founder for Visual Medical Solutions, LLC, the producers of BodyViz, a new medical imaging tool for surgical planning and medical education that makes use of virtual reality engineering to improve patient care.
Most recently, Dr Lobe followed his dream of putting together the most advanced medical practice in existence, focusing on the new medical specialty called energy medicine. Beneveda Medical Group ( offers the best integration of Western and Eastern Medicine and is the first practice in the United States to specialize in Energy Revitalization and manage problems many consider resistant to conventional approaches such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, insomnia, weight loss, osteoporosis, and others. More information is available at

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New Study Reports on Continence and Sexual Function Following Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Buy Genuine Diazepam logo1267406_md A new study published in the October 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn (JAMA) suggests that less invasive surgery for prostate cancer may mean a higher risk of lasting incontinence and impotence when compared with traditional surgery. Advantages of this type of prostate surgery has been fewer hospital days, and a quicker recovery with less chance for infections or other complications.
Although robotic surgery has been increasingly the surgery of choice by prostate cancer patients there have not previously been comparison studies on the outcomes of patients having traditional and minimal invasive surgery.
In the current study the researchers analyzed Medicare data for almost 9,000 prostate cancer patients who had surgical treatment between 2003 and 2007. Of those, 1,938 patients had minimal invasive surgery and 6,899 had traditional surgery. It is unknown how many of the minimal invasive surgery patients had robotic surgery. The patients having keyhole surgery left the hospital a day earlier than the standard surgery patients (2 instead of 3 days on average) and had lower rates of blood transfusions, breathing problems, and internal scarring. But they were more likely to report genital and urinary function complications than the standard surgery group. About 5% of the minimal invasive surgery group as compared to about 2% of the standard surgery group reported these complications. And after 18 months they had more incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
The researchers also found that minimal invasive surgery was more popular with more affluent and highly educated men. This group may tend to seek out care for complications more than the less affluent and thus, skew the findings. In addition, it is believed that the skill of the surgeon may be a factor in the differences found because minimal invasive surgery is relatively new and not all surgeons have had extensive practice in this procedure.
The listeners of the Holistic Health Show will remember Dr David Samadi, Chief of Minimal Invasive and Robotic Surgery at Mt Sinai in New York spoke to this in his interview and said the skill of the physician makes a difference in the outcomes experienced by patients. Dr Samadi who has performed hundreds of the procedures reported he was having about 95% success rate among his patients regarding continence and sexual function following surgery. However, he said these results could vary with the experience of the surgeon.

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Dr Carl O Helvie Interviewed Prostate Cancer Experts Using Cutting Edge Technology and Survivor on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Two experts (Dr David Samali. above left and Dr Brian Goss, above right) and Mr Daniel Goldstone, right were interviewed on the Holistic Health Show on BBS Radio last night. Dr David Samali is Chief, Division of Robotics and Minimal Invasive Surgery at Mt Sinai School of Medicine in New York. More information is available at or in the interview below or a previous post. Dr Brian Goss, is Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at the New Mexico Cancer Center in Alburquerque, New Mexico. More information is available at (505) 842-8171, in the interview below or on a previous posting.
Mr Daniel Goldstone is a prostate cancer survivor who used a holistic approach to recovery from advanced stage prostate cancer and more information is available at A link to the streaming of the show follows (about 1 hour). If you wish a download button of this show and all future shows sign up for free emailing of all future shows on a different page on this site. As a 33 year cancer survivor I am interested in getting the information in this series on cancer out to all who might benefit from it.

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