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“Own the Bone” | Dr. Leipzig on WFIR

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on

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

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on

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

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on

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?

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on

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

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on

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 …

Physician’s Champion | Oct. 6

By James M. Leipzig, M.D., F.A.C.S. on

As the “physician’s champion” for the American Orthopaedic Association’s “Own the Bone” program, Dr. James Leipzig will give a presentation about the health implications of fragility fractures on Thursday morning, October 6, 2016 at LewisGale Medical Center’s Education Center Auditorium. Dr. Leipzig’s talk will also address the Own The Bone program in southwest Virginia and …

Pregnancy Back Pain Relief


You are bound to experience back pain at some point during your pregnancy and that should come as no surprise. You may experience weight gain producing ligament-relaxing hormones and your center of gravity is forced to change. It’s no wonder this causes over 2 million pregnant women to consult their doctors about back pain each …

Dr. Leipzig Speaks | Oct. 6


Virginia Spine Care, in coalition with LewisGale Medical Center, is proud to announce that our own James Leipzig, MD, FACS is the featured speaker and “physician’s champion” for the American Orthopaedic Association’s “Own the Bone” program. Dr. Leipzig will provide an overview of the severe health implications of fragility fractures on Thursday morning, October 6 …

Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (DLIF)


Lateral lumbar interbody fusion is often referred to as extreme lateral (XLIF) or direct lateral interbody fusion (DLIF). The procedure qualifies as minimally invasive back surgery because it is accomplished with one or more small incisions rather than a traditional larger incision. Spine surgeons may recommend DLIF to treat conditions such as lumbar degenerative disc …

Summer Back Tips


It’s summertime and the living is easy… unless you are suffering from back pain. People tend to be more active during the summer because of the nice weather. While exercise is beneficial, people with back issues should be careful not to take on too much too fast. Dr. Leipzig and the staff at Virginia Spine …


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    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 …

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    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 …

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    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.