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Iliac Crest

Why I Don’t Use Hip Bone for Spine Fusion

Why we don’t use hip (iliac crest) bone  for fusing the cervical spine A persons hip bone or  iliac crest bone is still commonly used by some surgeons as graft bone to be placed in the disc space following anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery.  The use of this bone graft as a spacer […]

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Video Interview by Dr. Maroon on Cervical Fusion in Professional Athletes

  See Video at – Outcomes After Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion in Professional Athletes Originally Posted by UPMC Physician Resources on Monday, June 24th 2013 A recent study examined return-to-play decisions and outcomes for 15 professional athletes with cervical spine injuries. Joseph Maroon, MD, vice chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, discusses the study and its findings which will appear […]

THE LONGEVITY FACTOR

Resveratrol Fights Cancer

Dr. Joseph Maroon, author of The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life, Simon & Schuster, explains the benefits of the natural supplement Resveratrol to fight cancer. What is Resveratrol? Resveratrol is a plant polyphenol extracted from the skin, stem and vine of grapes and other plants. […]

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Dr Maroon Reacts to Tony Dorsett CTE Claims

Nov 6, 2013 – KDKA News reporter John Shumway interviews former NFL player and Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett on his recent diagnosis of memory loss and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.  See video interview and Dr Maroon’s response to these findings. – See full story and video – Here World-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon wonders about Dorsett’s […]

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New Alternative Surgery for Pinched Nerve in Neck

Why Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy may be the answer for Neck Pain Occasionally the cervical spine roots can become entrapped causing some neck but mostly arm pain. Sometimes an anterior cervical discectomy approach is require, but often times the entrapment of the nerve can be released from approaching the nerve from the back of the neck.  This […]

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Lifestyle, Diet and Supplement Changes can Help your Brain Capacity

Mental Energizers By Joseph Maroon, MD , For Well Bella Magazine, Saturday, December 1, 2012 These lifestyle, diet and supplement changes can help your brain to function at its greatest capacity. The brain is often called the last frontier of medical discovery. Over the last decade, however, research into brain function has rapidly evolved, and […]

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UPMC’s Dr Joseph Maroon Talks Life After Becoming an Ironman

Dr Maroon discusses what it feeling to have completed his 5th World Championship Ironman Triathlon in Kona, HI.  His blog post appears on UPMC Blog post on Nov 6, 2013 – Read Entire Post Here   The incredible high from the massive release of endorphins—that intense feeling of “flow” and focus—was followed, within 48 hours, […]

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Joseph Maroon Completes Ironman Championship in Kona, HI

Joseph Maroon, MD, Neurosurgeon, Nutritional and Fitness Expert has just completed his fifth Hawaiian Ironman World Championship Triathlon, on October 12, 2013 in Kona, Hawaii with a time of 16:03:48 See Video of Dr. Maroon as he describes his thoughts on completing the World’s Toughest Race – Click Here The Hawaiian Ironman event consists of a 2.4-mile […]