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William Capicotto, spine surgery, spine surgeon, discectomy, herniated disc treatment

What is a Discectomy?

Discectomy & A Herniated Disc Surgical Procedures in Buffalo, NY To Correct A Herniated Disc The human spinal column or backbone, consists of a group of bones, called vertebrates that protect the spinal cord. In between a person's vertebrae are gelatinous intervertebral discs that help cushion the spine and act as shock absorbers to prevent the vertebrae from rubbing against one another.  A herniated disc occurs when the gel-like center (nucleus) of an intervertebral disc pushes through the tougher outer layer (annulus). Occasionally a herniated disc will put pressure on a nerve in the spinal column causing pain or discomfort ...
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William Capicotto, spine surgeon, spine surgery, Buffalo spine surgeon, herniated disc, robot assisted spine surgery

What is a Herniated Disc?

Sources of Back Pain: A Herniated Disc Spine Surgery in Buffalo, Williamsville, and Surrounding Areas William Capicotto MD, PC is always on the leading edge of technology for minimally invasive, navigated spine surgery in Buffalo, NY and the surrounding suburbs. When you need a professional, reliable spine surgeon to restore motion to your spine, make William Capicotto MD, PC your first choice. What is an Intervertebral Disc? The human spinal column, or backbone, consists of a group of bones called vertebrates that protect the spinal cord. In between a person's vertebrae are gelatinous intervertebral discs that help cushion the spine ...
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William Capicotto, spine surgeon, spine surgery, pre-spine surgery

Pre-Spine Surgery Tips For A Healthy, Happy Recovery

All surgeries can be stressful. Oftentimes it’s the issues we didn’t plan for that can make the most difference. However, if you take some time and plan ahead you can help alleviate some of the stress and improve your chances at a healthy, happy recovery. Pre-Spine Surgery Tip: Improve Yourself Some of the best ways to improve your chances at a healthy recovery process is to improve your overall health before you even enter the operating room. Maintaining a healthy diet and light exercise within your limits can help improve your circulation. Improving circulation is vital for recovery as the ...
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Pregnancy: A Hidden Cause of Back Pain

Back Pain Is More Common Than You Think Interesting fact: Up to 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at some point in their life. Your spine provides the body with strength, support, flexibility, and a range of movements from standing upright to bending, twisting, and crouching. When the vertebrae in your spine become weak or brittle, there is an increased risk of serious spinal problems. But how can you tell when the source of your pain is the result of something less serious, such as a side effect of stress or improper footwear, or something more serious, ...
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Lumbar Laminectomy, William Capicotto, spinal surgery, spine surgery, types of spine surgery

Lumbar Laminectomy 101

What is a Lumbar Laminectomy? A Laminectomy is the surgical removal of part of the vertebral bone called the lamina to help reduce pain or discomfort to the nerve roots within your spinal column. The spinal column consists of 24 vertebrae and each vertebrae has two lamina that fuse together to form the roof of the spinal canal. The lamina helps to protect the spinal cord throughout your neck and back. In the lower back where your spinal cord ends, the lamina helps shield the large bundle of nerve roots called the cauda equina, as well as the nerve roots ...
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William Capicotto Ambulatory Surgery, ambulatory surgery, ambulatory surgery centers

A Brief Intro To Ambulatory Surgery

What is Ambulatory Surgery? Ambulatory surgery, also known as outpatient or same-day surgery, has been on the rise around the globe. Ambulatory surgery centers are medical facilities that specialize in elective same-day or outpatient surgical procedures. Through advancements in sedation, pain management and minimally invasive surgical techniques more and more patients are skipping the hospital stay and electing to have ambulatory surgery instead. Why Choose an Ambulatory Surgery Center? Ambulatory surgical centers are typically smaller than hospitals. Smaller staff and far less patients than a typical hospital procedure can lead to a calmer, less stressful setting. Staff and other administrators ...
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Early Treatments For Minor Back Pain

Spring Cleaning and Minor Back Pain You’ve been working hard trying to complete your spring cleaning list. You bend over to grab those last few bags of weed & feed for your lawn when it happens: your body has had enough and pain starts to radiate from your back. The sudden onset of pain can be a scary ordeal, especially if you don’t know what to do or how to treat it. In "Prevent Spring Back Pain" we discussed methods for reducing your risk of back or neck pain. When it's too late for prevention, try one of these early ...
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Reduce Your Back Pain At Home

Stuck At Home With Back Pain Whether it's winter weather, an illness, or simply a lack of transportation, being stuck at home can be worrisome for those who struggle with back pain. Pain, whether in the neck/shoulder region, down the center of your spine, or in your lower back, can be caused for a number of reasons: Injury or overuse of muscles, ligaments, and joints Pressure on spinal nerve roots as the result of a herniated disc, osteoarthritis, compression fractures, or spinal conditions such as spondylolisthesis and spinal deformities Spinal injuries as the result of a sporting or automotive accident ...
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William Capicotto, power walking, spine health, health and wellbeing, walking health benefits

Power Walking To Better Health

If you parked your car in a garage for years and suddenly decided to turn the key, chances are it would have a hard time firing up. The human body should be thought of like a machine; the longer it sits around inactive, the more issues you're going to have getting it to where you want it to go. It’s important to stay active within your limits and stay committed to the path of a healthier lifestyle. Power Walking: Free, Low-Impact Exercise Power walking is usually the easiest and most affordable activity for those wishing to improve physically and reduce ...
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William Capicotto, winter slips and falls, back pain, reduce back pain, spine health

Avoiding Those Winter Slips and Falls

Slips, trips and falls are all too common during the winter months in Western New York. It's important to use caution in the icier months–back and spinal injuries are the most common type of fall-related injury. With a little preparation and caution, some injuries can be prevented. Avoid Winter Slips and Falls Slow It Down Give yourself extra time. Rushing through an icy driveway or parking lot is a surefire way to find yourself flat on your back. Take an extra moment to plan the safest path of travel. If you notice ice in your walking path, attempt to go ...
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