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Disc Herniation: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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 …


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  • Major Results, Minimal Invasiveness: The Mazor X Revisited

    In 2018, Virginia Spine Care became the first Southwest Virginia practice to offer Mazor X robotic spine surgery following Dr. Leipzig’s extensive training in this revolutionary robot-navigated system. In that time, Dr. Leipzig has completed more than 150 robot-guided pedicle screw placements and improved the quality of lives in his patients who’ve undergone minimally invasive spine …

  • Managing a Herniated Lumbar Disk

    Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified, Salem, Virginia spine surgeon with over two decades of experience. He specializes in procedures including robotic spine surgery, microsurgical lumbar surgery, disc arthroplasty, minimally invasive spine surgery, and more, serving the greater Roanoke, VA area. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please contact our office. Our spine is responsible for a lot of our daily movement, …

  • Robotic Spine Surgery Case Study

    Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified Virginia spine surgeon serving Roanoke and Salem communities 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 …

"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.