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What are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is conducted through a small incision, usually with the aid of microscopes or other endoscopic visualization, such as small devices or cameras designed for viewing internal portions of the body. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is intended to treat disorders of spinal discs with minimal muscle related injury and to allow rapid recovery, while […]

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Think Twice Before Taking a Non-Steroidal Pain Medication

The use of both over-the-counter and prescription nonsteroidal medications is frequently recommended in a typical neurosurgical practice for joint pain. But with persistent long-term use there can be significant safety concerns.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications or  NSAIDs work to reduce inflammation through a complex metabolic pathway that typically leads to reduction in pain.  NSAIDs are approved medications […]

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Dr. Joseph Maroon’s GNC Ironman Press Release Oct 4, 2013

October 4, 2013 at 11:36 am  PITTSBURGH, Oct. 3, 2013 (Read Here) Demonstrating What It Means to ‘Live Well,’ Dr. Joseph C. Maroon Enters His 5th Ironman World Championship in Kona Hawaii “Dr. Maroon, who is Chairman of the GNC Medical Advisory Board, knows a lot about what training, physical conditioning and proper nutrition can achieve. […]

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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 […]