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In the News: Robotic Spine Surgery

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on
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The Mazor X Robotic Guidance Platform launched almost a month ago, and Dr. Leipzig was recently interviewed about this sophisticated, new advancement in minimally invasive spine surgery. Virginia Spine Care is one of only five locations in the state to offer this robotic system. “I think it’s a quantum leap in our capabilities. The increase in precision …

Robotic Spine Surgery in Virginia: Mazor X

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Thanks to technological advancements, minimally invasive spine surgery is continuously becoming more sophisticated. New techniques are leading to higher success rates and fewer complications. Mazor X is a guidance system that allows an exclusive group of surgeons in the United States to digitally plan an entire treatment strategy before he or she goes into the …

What is cervical arthroplasty (Cervical disc replacement)?

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on
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The cervical spine is composed of seven vertebrae and five discs. The discs, which are located between each vertebrae, act as shock absorbers, and along with the joints of the cervical spine, allow for motion. As a consequence of aging or injury, the discs can potentially rupture, resulting in a herniated disc, with pinching and …

Disc Herniation: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on
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The discs in your spine act as shock absorbers between vertebrae – protecting and cushioning the spine from everyday strain, and help to minimize the impact of movement on the spinal column. Discs are designed with a hard outer layer known as the annulus and soft central component, or nucleus. As the disc degenerates due …

Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease

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Lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a condition where a compromised disc leads to lower back pain. Unlike other parts of the body, spinal discs don’t have a blood supply so, when injured, either through trauma or general wear-and-tear, discs can’t repair themselves. Without this, an injury that would normally heal without any adverse effect …

What is Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion?

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The lumbar spine, or the lower back, comprises five vertebral bones divided by discs. As we age, the discs begin to wear down so the vertebrae rub against each other, causing degeneration, lower back pain, and leg pain, numbness, and weakness. As up to 80% of people in the Western world will suffer from lower …

Dr. Leipzig Participates in “Experts on the Line”

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On Monday, March 27, Virginia Spine Care’s Dr. James Leipzig participated in Own the Bone’s “Experts on the Line” group call and discussion. Attendees asked Dr. Leipzig and Lynette Judy from Jefferson Hospital questions about Own the Bone, how to implement it at their own hospitals and clinics, and potential issues and how to solve …

What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on
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While surgery for any condition can seem daunting, spinal surgery may bring its own share of concerns for patients. However, thanks to technical and technological advancements, spinal surgery is continuously more sophisticated, with new techniques leading to higher success rates and fewer postoperative complications. One such development is minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS), which involves …

Preventing the First Fall | Dr. Leipzig on WDBJ7

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on
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Dr. Leipzig returned to WDBJ7 to speak with Caitlin Francis to discuss how to prevent the fall that could lead to a fracture. Dr. Leipzig, who appeared on WDBJ7 a few weeks ago to talk about the American Orthopedic Association’s Own the Bone initiative, focused on the importance of taking precautions in wintry weather. “Most …

Mazor X: Revolutionizing Spine Surgery

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on
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Welcoming a robot into the operating room may sound like it should be reserved for science fiction, but Virginia Spine Care hopes to soon make us forget it was ever anything but fact. Dr. James Leipzig is one of a handful of surgeons in the United States who has been trained to use Mazor X, …

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  • blog-header

    In the News: Robotic Spine Surgery

    The Mazor X Robotic Guidance Platform launched almost a month ago, and Dr. Leipzig was recently interviewed about this sophisticated, new advancement in minimally invasive spine surgery. Virginia Spine Care is one of only five locations in the state to offer this robotic system. “I think it’s a quantum leap in our capabilities. The increase in precision …

  • mazorblog

    Robotic Spine Surgery in Virginia: Mazor X

    Thanks to technological advancements, minimally invasive spine surgery is continuously becoming more sophisticated. New techniques are leading to higher success rates and fewer complications. Mazor X is a guidance system that allows an exclusive group of surgeons in the United States to digitally plan an entire treatment strategy before he or she goes into the …

  • neck

    What is cervical arthroplasty (Cervical disc replacement)?

    The cervical spine is composed of seven vertebrae and five discs. The discs, which are located between each vertebrae, act as shock absorbers, and along with the joints of the cervical spine, allow for motion. As a consequence of aging or injury, the discs can potentially rupture, resulting in a herniated disc, with pinching and …

"I enjoy interacting with patients and helping them understand their condition and treatment options. Spine problems and spinal surgery can be stressful. It’s an honor to be able to treat patients and guide them toward recovery."
James Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S.