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What is Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion?


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”


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?

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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

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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

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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, …

“Own the Bone” | Dr. Leipzig on WFIR

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Dr. James Leipzig, a Virginia spinal surgeon specializing in procedures including minimally-invasive spine surgery and disc arthroplasty, recently spoke with Gene Marrano at WFIR, Roanoke Valley’s local radio station. As the physician’s champion for AOA’s Own the Bone, Dr. Leipzig is part of a national team working to improve knowledge about osteoporosis and how to prevent future bone fractures. When Own the …

Fighting Future Fractures | Dr. Leipzig on WDBJ7

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Dr. James Leipzig recently spoke with Caitlin Francis from WDBJ7 about the Own the Bone initiative, his inspiration in getting involved, and steps to better bone health you can do at home. Dr. Leipzig, who commonly treats conditions including lumbar disc degeneration and revision spine surgery, brought AOA’s Own the Bone program to Lewis-Gale Medical Center …

Dr. Leipzig Wins Best Bedside Manner Award 2016

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For the fourth year, Dr. James Leipzig has been awarded a first place Best Bedside Manner Award for spine surgery from OurHealth Virginia. The accolade celebrates physicians and surgeons across all areas of practice who demonstrate the “empathy, kindness, and attentiveness” that help patients feel comfortable and supported, and who understand compassion is just as necessary as medical …

What is Own the Bone?

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Back in 2009, the American Orthopedic Association (AOA) decided to take action against a growing epidemic in the United States. Though over 44 million Americans are impacted by osteoporosis or low bone density, seven years ago, few were getting adequate treatment. When patients had fragility or low-impact fractures, only 20% were getting treated for the …

Rest Your Back: Sleeping Position

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Believe it or not, we spend about a third of our lives sleeping. A good night’s rest is extremely important for mental and physical energy and health. But when you are experiencing back pain, it’s tough to find a comfortable sleeping position that results in a truly restful sleep. Those who suffer from chronic back …


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    Robotic Spine Surgery Case Study

    Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified Virginia spine surgeon with over two decades of experience. He treats spinal stenosis, specializing in procedures like minimally invasive lumbar laminoplasty, microsurgical lumbar surgery, robotic spine surgery, disc arthroplasty, and more. Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery Minimally-invasive spinal procedures (less-disruptive spine surgery) have made surgery less painful and far more effective than ever before. Virginia Spine Care is one …

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    Recovery from Spine Surgery

    Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified Virginia spine surgeon with over two decades of experience. For more information about spinal surgery prep, post-operative instructions, robotic spine surgery, and any other spine-related questions, contact Dr. Leipzig at our spine care office today.  What comes after spine surgery? While modern advancements and minimally invasive spine procedures have made spinal surgery less painful and …

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    Spinal Stenosis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

    Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified Virginia spine surgeon with over two decades of experience. He treats spinal stenosis, specializing in procedures like minimally invasive lumbar laminoplasty, microsurgical lumbar surgery, robotic spine surgery, disc arthroplasty, and more. While it’s normal for our spines to change from natural wear and tear as we age, in some cases this degeneration in the …

"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.