Category Archives: Paul Saiz MD’s Posts

Spineline article recently published

Paul Saiz, MD recently had an article published in the May-June issue of SpineLine 2015. He co-authored an article with Chris Kauffman, MD entitled “Timing of CCI edits for Interbody Fusion and Laminectomy at the same level.” This article explains … Continue reading

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2015 New Mexico Workers Comp Annual Meeting

The 2015 Annual New Mexico Workers Comp meeting took place at the Ysleta resort in Albuquerque on May 13-15th. I was given an opportunity to discuss causation issues re: neck pain on May 14th. My talk titled “Neck pain in … Continue reading

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Smokers may have higher incidence of swallowing issues after Anterior Neck Surgery than non-smokers

Cervical fusions typically involve approaching the neck from the front. This approach includes mobilization of the esophagus and trachea which always involves some amount of dysphagia (problems swallowing). Dysphagia can last anywhere from two weeks to sometimes multiple months or … Continue reading

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Neck surgery can be more cost effective and just as safe at Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) vs Hospital

A recent study presented at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) in Boston showed that 1 & 2 level neck fusions can be performed as safely and cheaper than the same surgery performed at a hospital. Matthew J McGirt, MD … Continue reading

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Did you know?

Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates would like to congratulate Dr Paul Saiz, for being the first physician in Southern New Mexico and the El Paso area to implant the new Medtronic low profile (LP) Prestige Cervical Disc Replacement. Disc replacement, in … Continue reading

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Why do complications happen?

Once a back or neck surgery decision is made; a consent form is signed detailing risks and benefits of surgery. Typical benefits from surgery include a decrease in back-neck &/ or leg-arm pain, more motion, less reliance on medications and … Continue reading

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Is Spinal Fusion bad?

Simply put, a spine fusion is where the body attempts to grow new bone in an area that had no prior bone. Surgeons typically perform fusion surgery for instability of the spine, fractures, tumors, infections, painful discs. Cages (spacers), screws, … Continue reading

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