Complex Spine Surgery


What is degenerative disc disease?

This is a condition where the intervertebral disc, the gel-like material between the vertebrae, has begun to wear out due to aging, repetitive stress, smoking, genetics, etc. In most circumstances the cause is multi-factorial, and unless there is compression of the nerves or spinal cord, will not improve with surgery. It is a very common condition and may not even cause symptoms in many people.

What types of conditions warrant surgery?

Getting a full range of motion, strength and flexibility back after surgery usually takes time. That’s where pre-operative exercise and education and post-operative physical therapy programs come in – to ensure you’re physically and emotionally prepared for surgery and to maximize your recovery after surgery.

What are the post-operative precautions I need to practice following a spine surgery?

After the surgery, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend you to practice several measures to ensure better recovery and avoid possible complications. Some of them include:

  • No bending, lifting or twisting for three months following fusion surgery
  • Do limit your activities
  • Incision care – Keep the incisions clean and dry
  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Follow the instructions given by your doctor regarding the medications to be taken

How do I schedule an appointment?

You can schedule an appointment by calling us directly to this number 713-441-9000 during our working hours.

Monday – Friday
8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm

What should I bring with me when I come for an appointment?

When you come for your appointment please remember to obtain and bring the following:

  • Referral letter from your primary care physician, family physician, or other doctor (if required by your insurance)
  • Insurance card
  • Driver’s license or ID card
  • List of current medications and treating physicians (if applicable)
  • Films or CD of X-rays, MRI, or CT scan