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Monthly News to Help You Keep Your Spine Healthy

April 2020:

Dr. Cuellar's story featured in VoyageLA Magazine, click here for the full article.

Today we have received some news we have been waiting years for - the FDA has given their approval to perform two level total disc replacement surgery in the lumbar spine using the ProDisc (Centinel Spine).

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January 2020:

Dr. Lanman and Cuellar start enrolling patients for the FDA trial of the new ProDisc-SK and ProDisc-Vivo, 2 of the most popular artificial disc replacement implants used in Europe.

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November 2019:

Dr. Cuellar just published a study in the journal Spine with partner Dr Lanman and colleague Dr Rasouli, demonstrating the safety of performing cervical artificial disc replacement in outpatient surgery centers. The study found an extremely low rate of complications and post-surgical hospital admissions. This provides reassurance to patients undergoing outpatient cervical disc replacement surgery.

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September 2019:

Dr Cuéllar’s partner Dr. Lanman on CBS news speaking about the recent approval of the M6 cervical artificial disc replacement.

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May 2019:

Drs. Cuellar and Lanman perform the first M6 artificial cervical disc replacement in California and the first two-level implantation in the U.S.:

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April 2019:

An article published in the journal AAOS Now discusses how Cannabinoids can serve as alternatives to narcotic pain medications for fracture healing pain, neuropathic pain and chronic pain, and may benefit anxiety and other health ailments.

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Our patients are expecting to be more physically active at greater ages than in prior generations. Motion-preservation devices will allow spine surgeons to improve patients while taking into consideration the long-term health of the spine, reducing rates of future surgery caused by adjacent-segment failure.

Click here for the full article from Becker's Spine Review »

February 2019:

The M6 cervical artificial disc has just gained FDA-approval to be used in the United States! And our site (Dr. Todd Lanman and myself) has been chosen as the first site to be able to use the disc in our patients.

Click here for the full article from Spinal News: International »

November 2018:

In a very well-performed randomized clinical trial performed in Norway, Dr. Furunes and colleagues have shown that lumbar total disc replacement does not accelerate breakdown of the adjacent level out to 8 years after total disc replacement surgery, compared to the natural history (physical therapy only). Not only does this differ greatly when compared to other studies demonstrating accelerated adjacent segment degeneration after fusion, but the study was not funded by any company, therefore it should be free from any financial bias or influence.

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October 2018:

Dr. Zigler and colleagues published a study in the journal Spine reporting that patients have much lower rates of adjacent-segment degeneration 5 years after lumbar artificial disc replacement compared to fusion.

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August 2018:

Dr. Cuellar and colleagues Dr. Rasouli and Delamarter published a new study reporting on the results of multi-level lumbar total disc replacement from 2 to 6 years after implantation. The study reports excellent results both clinically and radiographic range of motion maintenance.

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January 2018:

A prospective clinical study was published in the The Spine Journal demonstrating long-term preservation of motion after artificial disc replacement at the L5-S1 level.

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A study published by Dr. Matthew Scott-Young and colleagues in the journal Spine this month reported great results following the lumbar “hybrid” procedure whereby the L5-S1 level is fused in combination with an artificial disc replacement at the L4-5 level. This was a large study of 617 patients with 8 year follow up.

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June 2017:

A study published this month in the journal Spine confirms what we have known for quite some time now - that artificial disc replacement is effective and safe when done in the outpatient surgery center. Here is the link to the abstract: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=27755491

May 2017:

Dr. Cuéllar and partner Dr. Lanman published a case study titled Spine News Deformity Correction in Ankylosing Spondylitis. You can view the case study by clicking here.

April 2017:

Dr. Cuéllar’s partner Dr. Lanman was the lead author on the most recent and most convincing data demonstrating that two-level artificial disc replacement is better than two-level fusion for cervical disc disease. The 7-year data of the randomized controlled trial using the Medtronic Prestige LP disc was published this month in the Journal of Neurosurgery Spine. Click here for the full article. Click here for news coverage of the article.

Dr. Cuéllar and partner Dr. Lanman published an article about what they called the “text neck” epidemic as a result of modern cell phone use. Click any of the links below for the news coverage of the article:

March 2017:

Dr. Cuéllar discusses cervical myelopathy caused by cervical spinal stenosis and its various treatments, including by laminoplasty, in a review article published this month. Full article.

A2M is effective for the treatment of back pain! Dr. Scuderi presented the study at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference in San Diego.

February 2017:

Tennis Identity and World Tennis Magazine articles regarding back pain and spine issues in tennis players by Dr. Todd Lanman.

January 2017:

Recent research published by Drs. Cuéllar, Montesano and Scuderi shows that injection of the super molecule A2M (APIC) may be beneficial for the treatment of back pain from lumbar disk degeneration. Click here for full article.

Also this month Drs. Cuéllar and Montesano published a study demonstrating multiple inflammatory cytokines present within the disk space of patients with back pain compared to normal disks. Click here for full article.

December 2016:

Too much time at your desk in the office? Watch this video of a stretch to improve your spine health from Ted Talks: Video Link

Avoid “Text-Neck”! My partner Dr. Todd Lanman was recently featured on the news describing how the bent-forward neck position that is commonly used while texting can be dangerous to your spine: Video Link

November 2016:


Texting on mobile phones recently shown to be associated with neck and upper back pain. This well-done, 5-year cohort study performed in Sweden by Gustafsson et al demonstrates that poor posture during cell phone texting may have both short-term and long-term detrimental effects on your neck and back: Gustafsson et al, 2017

This most recent study supports a study a few years ago that demonstrated increased stresses on the neck while maintaining a flexed posture while looking down at your cell phone, nicely summarized in the following article on SpineUniverse.com: “Is your cell phone killing your back”?

April 2016:

Research published by Drs. Cuéllar et al provides strong evidence that discography may be cause more harm than good. Click here for the news coverage of the research by the North American Spine Society (NASS). Click here for the research clinical and radiographic study article abstracts.

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