What Is a Herniated Disk and…

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 […]

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Thank You Liz!

“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!

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Day of My Surgical Procedure?

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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Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatments

#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

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Anterior vs Posterior Fusion?

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 […]

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Weakness in Your Back?

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 […]

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