“he was the only one who conducted various tests to determine the real…”
What is a herniated disk and what causes it? The bones of your spine, called vertebrae, are separated by rubbery disks. If one of them tears, you have a “ruptured” disk. When the jelly-like substance inside leaks and pushes on a nearby nerve, it’s called a “herniated” disk. It’s often hard to know exactly what […]
[READ] MD Monthly spotlights SASpine’s Dr. Raj Kakarlapudi! “I’m excited to bring new techniques with the training I’ve had with laser spine surgery and minimally invasive surgery to San Antonio and the…” read more right here!
“We are so very grateful to have an amazing Practice Administer, Elizabeth Knight, that manages the day to day operations like a superstar, including supporting our contracted doctors, and leading our mid-level providers and amazing staff.” ~LeAnn Cyr, CEO & Founder of SASpine Thank you Liz for all your hard work and dedication!
What should I expect the day of my surgical procedure? In general, this is what happens the day of your surgery: •You will change into a hospital gown and a preoperative nurse may perform a brief exam. •You will meet with the surgical team. An anesthesiologist will discuss your medical history and explain the anesthesia […]
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Our CMO, Steven J. Cyr, M.D., is a spine surgeon who has gained a reputation for surgical excellence in Texas, throughout the nation, and abroad. “When I was very young, my father was a physician assistant. I remember talking to him about his job and the joy it brought him to help others. As a […]
When should I seek medical attention for my back pain? While most acute back pain goes away, sometimes it’s due to a serious condition. In these cases, you should seek medical attention. Signs or symptoms associated with the sudden onset of back pain that indicate something serious might be going on include: •Fever •Inability to […]
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#SASpine’s Dr. Raj Kakarlapudi has extensive experience in surgical and non-surgical treatments to manage your spine pain. “I trained with different doctors, who were experts in the field of minimally invasive surgery, open surgery and CT guided navigation procedures, so I have a wide variety of experience from a broad spectrum of cases.” ~Dr Kakarlapudi
Our CEO & Founder of SASpine, Le Ann Cyr, featured on the cover and inside for the current September 2019 issue of SA Monthly Magazine. “I think every doctor gets into medicine for altruistic reasons and the desire to do good. But now medicine has become such a regulated and…” [READ MORE–page 188] right here!
How do you decide between anterior vs posterior fusion for your patients? My preference anytime a disc is painful, unstable, crooked or collapsed, is to always go anterior to remove it and place structural bone graft. I believe strongly that it provides a more reliable fusion since the graft is larger, the disc can be […]
Dr. Cyr reconstructed my spine from my shoulders to my tailbone about 8 years ago because I had a severe…
Looking back on where I was and all the progress I’ve made the last few months: I’ve gone back to yoga and we joined LA Fitness and I start back to classes there next week. It’s been about 7 years since I could workout. I had to stop because it would induce pain so bad […]
Are you experiencing throbbing, spasms, and weakness in your back? These are just some of the questions that can help us diagnose you, and decide if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery. Call SASpine today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kakarlapudi, a dual fellowship-trained spine surgeon who specifically focuses on minimally invasive […]
Revision Spine Surgery: Dr. Steven Cyr has successfully performed many complex spinal revision surgeries throughout his career. His experience has given him a unique perspective on how to prevent problems during the first surgery, as well as work with spines that have been operated on multiple times. “Meticulous technique and thoroughness are the keys to […]
Thank you so much for all the inspiring testimonials we have been receiving! “I am inspired everyday by my patient’s perseverance and determination to beat the condition that afflicts them. I am inspired by their smiling faces, receiving a big hug when they come in for their follow-up, to hear their lives have significantly changed […]
This patient had a two level surgery with a metallic cylindrical cage at one level and a one-sided screw fixation of the spinal level below. His pain after surgery progressively worsened. He came to Dr Cyr for a second opinion. His workup revealed an unstable spine at both levels, failure to fuse, lateral shifting of […]
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The cost of microdiscectomy surgery will vary based on a number of factors, such as: •The specific surgery being performed (ie the number of levels treated; whether it’s both sides or one side of the spine) •Products used in your surgery •Your Insurance coverage •Hospital fees Because each case needs to be evaluated individually, the […]
At SASpine, before surgical spine treatment is considered, we will exhaust conservative, non-surgical spine treatment options first. “We always want to avoid surgery, so we start with pain injections… the goal is to make a patient feel better for a long time, not just a couple of weeks.” ~Dr. Michael Mckee, Pain Management Physician
“I am blessed beyond measure to have crossed paths with Dr. Cyr, he has the ultimate skill and…”
#Spondylolisthesis- 21 yo with 6 years of severe back and leg pain. Fractures of the bony arch led his L5-S1 disc to wear out and his spine to shift. The shifting, bone spurs, and disc protrusion created compression of the nerves. Xrays revealed excessive motion at the bottom two discs. Dr Cyr removed the unstable […]
“It’s a heavy responsibility I carry with gratitude and humility, knowing that I’ve been entrusted to care for the health of my patients. I sincerely desire that every patient I treat will find the relief they seek and live a pain-free life.” ~Dr. Cyr ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.9 Stars. 160+ Reviews. Call #SASpine today to join the […]
Absolutely. The little discs that are wedged between the vertebrae protect the spine by absorbing the shock of your movements. These jelly-like cushions keep your bones from rubbing together by releasing and absorbing water. The discs rely on fluid to function. When there isn’t enough water in the body for the discs to absorb, they […]
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Here’s another reason to quit smoking: Your joints and discs will thank you. Nicotine from cigarettes, dip, and chewing tobacco cuts down on blood flow to your bones, joints, and to the cushioning discs in your back. It limits how much bone-building calcium your body can take in. It also breaks down estrogen, a hormone […]
Patient with reversal of the curvature of the neck (#kyphosis) with arthritic changes resulting in bone spurs and disc material projecting into the spinal canal. Her alignment and the crowding of the nerves from disc herniations and arthritis (#stenosis) caused severe arm and neck pain. She was treated with an ACDF (anterior cervical fusion) to […]
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Mayo Clinic in Rochester again has been ranked as the nation’s best hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019–2020 “Best Hospitals” rankings. Not everyone can travel to Minnesota for care but SASpine can bring Mayo Clinic training to you. Dr Cyr is a Mayo Clinic trained spine surgeon with a reputation for delivering the […]
Your Elite Team performed a 4 level lumbar fusion…
Starting immediately, Dr. Raj Kakarlapudi will serve patients in SASpine’s San Antonio location. With his caring disposition and desire to build understanding relationships with patients, Dr. Kakarlapudi is looking forward to combining his passion for patient care with minimally invasive spine surgery at SASpine. He is a member of the American Medical Association and was […]
What is spinal fusion? Spinal fusion is an orthopedic surgical technique that joins two or more vertebrae. This procedure can be performed at any level in the spine (cervical, thoracic, or lumbar) and prevents any movement between the fused vertebrae. There are many types of spinal fusion and each technique involves using bone grafting – […]
At SASpine, we utilize a wide variety of nonsurgical options to give patients relief from their pain, including: Medication Management Epidural Steroid Injections Physical Therapy Vertebroplasty Kyphoplasty Joint & Nerve Blocks Physical Therapy Radiofrequency Ablations Selective Injections Growth Factor Injections Stem Cell Therapy Call us today to learn about our many treatment options!
Why are imaging tests important? Do the results confirm your diagnosis? Imaging tests are important when someone has Spinal pathology (something abnormal in the spine), neurologic deficits or complaints, muscle weakness, or neck and/or back pain, because this may indicate the potential need for surgical treatment and the correct procedure to perform. Instability is best […]
5 years ago I was in a horrific accident, since then I have had multiple procedures done on my back and ribs, and 3 cervical surgeries. Before my first cervical surgery over 2 years ago I was at 180 lbs, I wore a size 14-16, months and months of physical therapy, I was diagnosed with […]
What are your thoughts on robotic assisted spine surgery? I think navigation can be a very helpful tool with complicated cases- ie bones smaller than the smallest screws, distorted or abnormal anatomy, but I don’t feel robotic surgery adds anything to that. It’s basically a different form of navigation. ~Dr Cyr
When does spine surgery become necessary? In some cases, damage or injury to the spine may require spine surgery, particularly if you’ve exhausted conservative treatment options with no relief. If you’re still experiencing significant pain or dealing with other symptoms that affect your quality of life, it may be time to consider the next step […]
Please welcome Dr. Raj Kakarlapudi to the #SASpine team! Dr. Raj Kakarlapudi is an orthopedic surgery specialist and has been practicing for 9 years. He graduated from Creighton University School Of Medicine and did a Spine Surgery Fellowship at Indiana Orthopedic Hospital and an additional fellowship with Laser Spine Institute. Dr. Kakarlapudi is excited to bring his […]
After making sure that there was no other viable options, we went ahead with surgery. I’ve never had a doctor…
How do I get rid of neck and back pain? For minor, common causes of neck pain, try these simple remedies: 1. Apply heat or ice to the painful area.2. Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.3. Keep moving, but avoid jerking or painful activities.4. Do slow range-of-motion exercises, up and down, side […]
With every patient, our goal is to not only provide the highest quality of care, but also to deliver it with sincerity and compassion. Call today to join the ranks of the thousands of successfully treated patients. “So proud of our elite team at SASpine.” ~LeAnn Cyr, CEO & Founder of SASpine
Is spine fellowship training important? “My belief is that spine surgery is one of those fields that really requires fellowship training to optimize the chance of success. The additional specialty training equips a surgeon with knowledge to do more complicated surgeries and even simple surgeries, with better outcomes.” ~Dr Steven Cyr, Mayo Clinic Spine Fellowship-trained […]
As we age, our body naturally changes its shape causing us to be pitched forward. You can, however, delay this process with proper attention to posture and body mechanics, weight control, and improving core strength. There are many forms of exercise to improve core strength. Pilates and Yoga are two of the more popular ones […]
At SASpine, our uniquely trained team of medical professionals have experience in treating all symptoms and conditions of the spine, from the cervical spine to the sacrum. “It’s a team approach and that’s what I believe separates our clinic from the rest.” ~Dr Steven Cyr, Chief Medical Officer If you suffer from neck or back […]
One form of conservative treatment we offer for a pinched nerve is an epidural steroid injection. An epidural steroid injection is an advanced interventional procedure used to relieve neck, arm, back, and leg pain caused by a pinched nerve or nerves. Call us today for a consultation.
A message from SASpine’s CEO & Founder, LeAnn Cyr: Everyone asks me exactly what SASpine (Surgical Associates in Spine) does. It’s not a traditional medical practice as most people think, but, rather, it manages medical practices…🔹🔹SASpine (Surgical Associates in Spine) operates as a turn-key medical practice management organization that focuses on helping Spine Specialists manage […]
Dr. Cyr has once again been recognized as “Spine Surgeon Leader to Know”, by Becker’s Spine Review. Becker’s Spine Review is the leading publication covering the world of Spine Surgery in the United States.
5 Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery: ▪Less Risk▪Minimal Scarring▪Less Pain▪Shorter Healing Time▪Less Surgical Time If you are experiencing pain and considering surgery, don’t hesitate to contact us.
“Every patient presents a unique set of goals and challenges. I spend time getting to know each patient’s specific symptoms and medical history, looking at the whole picture to ensure nothing is missed. During a clinical visit, my goal is to listen to and educate patients, empowering them to make an informed decision about their […]
“March 19th and April 2nd I underwent a 9 level 360 spinal fusion. The pain I had before surgery is gone and now it’s just a lot of muscular pain that will fade and I will start working on when I can go to physical therapy. I have an appointment Monday and if all looks […]
Do the screws and rods come out after you’re healed (fused)? Or are you stuck with them for the rest of your life? Typically the screws stay in. There’s no reason to go through another surgery unless there’s a deep infection near the screws, they become painful, or the surgery has to be revised or […]
At SASpine customizing treatment options to the individual is an important part of managing spinal problems. The wide variety of spinal disorders means that treatment options vary too. In fact, two people with the same spine condition may be managed differently because of differences in severity of symptoms and other medical factors that are unique […]
Surgical assistants are vital members of an operating room team and Dustin always manages to go above and beyond with a variety of tasks before, during, and after surgery. He also has a very active role during surgery such as maintaining a sterile environment, suturing patients, implanting devices, helping to stop bleeding, and much more. […]
#Testimonial — Whether sudden onset or over time, living with back pain and limited mobility is never acceptable… or something that just comes with age. It is absolutely amazing the level of life that the care of SASpine can return to you, after many years of that weighted down feeling that kept you from doing what […]
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Patient care is of the utmost importance to Dr. Steven Cyr, Chief Medical Officer of SASpine. “With every patient, our goal is to not only provide the highest quality of care, but also to deliver it with sincerity and compassion.” ~Dr Cyr
SASpine update from our CEO & Founder, Leann Cyr: To say that 2018 was rough would be an understatement. We had difficulties that I never thought were possible, although all companies go through times of trials and tribulations, this I do understand. As is the life of many business owners and those born with that #entrepreneurial spirit. The […]
“UPDATE! My cervical bones are fusing well! I should be up and running again in the next few weeks with the blessing of Jesus! I was extremely lucky to have one of the best and most talented orthopedic surgeons in the country and probably in the world…Dr Steven Cyr! His credentials are over the top, […]
#Scoliosis and fractures at two levels of the spinal arch creating instability and nerve compression. The screws and rods placed from the back align and stabilize the spine to ensure bony healing. #ScoliosisAwarenessMonth For more follow us on:IG: instagram.com/surgical.associates.in.spineYT: youtube.com/SASpine
SASpine in San Antonio, Texas, has once again been recognized as the best facility in Texas for 2019 by RateMDs.
Dr Cyr featured in the latest issue of MD Monthly for his “What is Revision Spine Surgery?” article… [read more] here – mdmonthly.com/revision-spine-surgery/
“Dr Cyr just wanted to update you on our son. You fixed the mess another doctor did on his lower spine. And for that we would like to tell you how blessed we are that you came into our lives. You gave my son his life back! Look at him now, he will be graduating […]
From shattered spine to American Ninja Warrior! “Thanks to Dr. Steven Cyr and SASpine for giving me my life back and so much more. Words can’t describe how thankful I am for this life I have now.” ~Bryce Trois [Watch] Bryce’s inspiring journey right here!
Patients that suffer from chronic or intractable nerve pain in the arms or legs, and who have been unresponsive to nonsurgical treatments may be considered candidates for minimally invasive spine surgery. Minimally invasive spine surgery combines technological advances with state-of-the-art practices that reduce both the size of the incision as well as the hospital stay. […]
To realign the spine, remove pressure from the nerves, and stabilize this patient’s spine, Dr. Cyr performed a posterior cervical fusion and laminectomy followed by screw and rod fixation to stabilize the spine. The reddish bone is the bony arch removed from the spine to allow the nerves and spinal cord room to function. For […]
My name is David Peoples and I will be 55 years old this September. I’ve participated in many exciting, but brutal sports, including bull riding through high school and college, full contact martial arts and extreme snow skiing. Over a number of years, I sustained numerous and often severe blows to my head and neck […]