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November 26, 2019 By: Dr. Luis Tumialán
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The physiology of the spine is fairly complex. Most people are aware that it’s comprised of a column of building blocks called vertebrae, and between each vertebra is a gel-filled disc that helps the spine to flex,  bend and absorb impact, like shock absorbers in a car The vertebrae have openings on each side called foramen, or neuroforamen. The spinal nerves pass through these openings, traveling from the spinal cord and out to various parts of your body.

03/15/2019 By: Dr. Tumilian
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Lower back pain is a very common occurrence and is one of the primary causes of days taken off work across the United States. There can be many different causes of lower back pain, and in many cases the problem may resolve itself without ever really finding out what was causing you to experience the discomfort. One fairly well-diagnosed reason to experience lower back is a condition known as a herniated lumbar disc.

02/25/2019 By: Dr. Luis Tumilian
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A lumbar disc prolapse is also often referred to as a slipped or herniated disc. It is a condition that can occur anywhere along the spine but is most often seen in the lower back and is one of the leading causes of back pain amongst Americans. Fortunately, it is a condition that Dr. Luis M. Tumialán routinely treats in his practice. Dr. Tumialán can talk you through the various treatments options available to you and help you identify the one that provides the best long term relief from your symptoms.

January 29, 2019 By: Luis M. Tumialán, MD
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Our spine is one of the most complex structures within our bodies. Not only does it enable us to stand up straight and hold the weight of our entire body vertical, it also contains the spinal cord which is a key component of the central nervous system. This runs through the very center of the spine, protected by bones known as vertebrae. Between each vertebra is a small, fluid-filled disc called an intervertebral disc. This acts as a shock absorber for the spine and enables it to bend, twist and more.

December 24, 2018 By: Luis M. Tumialán, MD
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Your spine is a crucially important part of your anatomy. It is comprised of a series of small bones stacked in a column. These include 24 separate vertebrae interspaced with discs of cartilage, and the sacrum and coccyx. The Sacrum is a flat, triangular bone that forms during adolescence and can be found in the lower back between the hip bones, while the coccyx, which is better known as the tailbone, contains between 3 and 5 vertebrae.

November 23, 2018 By: Dr. Luis M. Tumialán, MD
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MISS procedures can be performed using general anesthetic if absolutely necessary, but in many cases, patients can avoid being put to sleep and will instead be able to have the surgery while under the effects of a combination of sedative drugs and anesthetic.

October 31, 2018 By: Luis M. Tumialán, MD
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It is important that you prepare for the fact that your recovery from spine fusion surgery could take anywhere up to 3 months. Exactly how long you will need to take off from work should be discussed with your doctor, but it is crucial that you do not return to work too early, as this could cause complication with the healing process and the overall success of your spine fusion surgery. 

September 24, 2018 By: Luis Manuel Tumialan MD
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Lower back pain is an extremely common occurrence and will affect most of us during our lifetime. There can be many reasons why we experience lower back pain, but one of the more commonly diagnosed conditions is a problem known as lumbar spinal stenosis.

August 24, 2018 By: Luis M. Tumialán, MD
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Neurosurgery is a highly challenging surgical speciality which is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect any part of the central nervous system. This includes the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and the extra-cranial cerebrovascular system.

July 24, 2018 By: Luis M. Tumialán, MD
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The spinal cord is undoubtedly one of the most important parts of our body. Protected within our spine, it is the main pathway for messages to be sent between our brain and body enabling us to experience sensations and move our limbs and extremities at will. If our spinal cord becomes injured, it can have serious and even life-changing consequences, some of which can be temporary while others are permanent.