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April 5, 2024 57 mins
In this episode, Dr. Andre Shaffer shares his journey and the inspirations that led him to become a renowned orthopedic surgeon. Will Sanchez and Dr. Grant Garcia delve into the transformative world of spine surgery with Dr. Shaffer, an esteemed orthopedic surgeon and spine specialist. He brings his expertise in endoscopic spine surgery to the forefront, discussing innovative procedures such as transforaminal and interlaminar discectomy, medial branch transection, and the intricate relationship between the hip and spine for arthroplasty. The conversation takes an exciting turn as we explore the realm of disc replacement, focusing on cutting-edge technologies like Mobi C, ProDisc L, and the highly anticipated 3 Spine MOTUS. Drawing from recent advancements and insights from the field, we examine why patients increasingly opt for disc replacement over fusion surgery, particularly in light of re-operation rates and the long-term benefits associated with this alternative. However, despite the evident advantages of disc replacement, Dr. Shaffer acknowledges the challenges posed by insurance barriers and misconceptions surrounding the procedure. Addressing concerns about cost-effectiveness and long-term outcomes, he emphasizes the importance of data-driven decision-making and advocating for patient-centric care. Moving beyond traditional perceptions of back surgery, Dr. Shaffer provides insights into the necessity of cervical surgeries and the prevalence of conditions like piriformis pain and arthritis. Exploring the intricate anatomy of the spine and intervertebral discs, he highlights the importance of tailored approaches to treatment and the ongoing quest for innovative solutions in spinal care. Throughout the episode, Dr. Shaffer's passion for advancing spinal surgery and improving patient outcomes shines through, offering listeners a comprehensive understanding of the evolving landscape of spine care and the promising future of endoscopic techniques and disc replacement. For more information, transcripts, and past shows check us out at ⁠⁠ --- Send in a voice message:
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