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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Many people ask what exactly is minimally invasive spine surgery?  In just a few words, it is minimal cutting to avoid significant damages to the muscles surrounding the spine.  The benefit to this is that it presents less risk for blood loss, a quicker recovery, less post-operative pain, less soft tissue […]

Dangers in Medical Travel

Dangers in Medical Travel In the past few months you might have seen an increase in articles in the media warning about the dangers of Medical Travel to Mexico or Dominican Republic /or against traveling to Mexico or Dominican Republic for medical reasons.  This includes a recent warning from the CDC not to have surgery in a […]

April Newsletter

  The long and sometimes unbearable winters in Canada prompt many Canadians to head south for the winter.  Many own homes or property down south and like to spend as much time as possible shedding their winter boots in exchange for flip flops.  If they spend approximately 6 months in the US, they are often […]

Conformis Knee Replacement

Conformis Knee Replacement There are many ways to do a knee replacement. One of them is to have a custom knee replacement. While there are a couple of ways to have a custom knee replacement, Conformis is the only custom implant used. Traditional Knee Implant In a traditional knee implant, the implant designs are based […]

Published US Pricing of Medical Costs Online

Published US Pricing of Medical Costs Online The US recently passed a law that requires hospitals to post their pricing.  This was done so consumers could make an informed decision on where they are treated and what it would cost them.  To the public this sounds like a great idea, right?  However, this only confuses […]

Private EMG Test

EMG (Electromyography) is a diagnostic test. It is used to assess the condition of muscles and the nerve cells that control them.  It can help diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, pinched nerve, herniated disc disease, sciatica, muscle dystrophy and Lou Gehrig disease. If you are experiencing symptoms that may indicate a muscle or nerve disorder, your […]

Private Laser Spine Surgery

Private Laser Spine Surgery Those experiencing back pain may wonder what laser spine surgery is and if it could help them relieve the back pain. Laser surgery gets a lot of attention as people think it is something new. However, it really is not. The holmium laser was FDA approved in the 1980-ies for use […]

Private Herniated Disc Surgery

Private Herniated Disc Surgery A herniated disk is a common cause of back and leg pain. Spine discs normally act as a cushion and shock absorber between our spine bones, or vertebrae. When a disc in our spine is damaged, such as bulged or broken, it is pressing on nerve roots and causing pain. First […]

Private Bunion Removal Surgery

Bunion is a bony deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe. The deformity could be due to wearing uncomfortable shoes that are too small or too tight, genetic pre-disposition, or because of the arthritis.  Bunions can be very painful, making walking an unpleasant experience. Your doctor may recommend wearing comfortable, or […]

Private Treatment for Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Canada.  There are over 80,000 cases diagnosed each year.  Although there are several types of skin cancer and treatment options, one of the preferred treatments is a Mohs procedure.  Unfortunately there are only 17 surgeons in all of Canada that are trained to do this […]