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St. Vincent Team Committed to Placing Patients First

When Dan Walsh of Painesville needed emergency spinal surgery, orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. George Kellis and the caregivers at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center quickly pulled together an expert team to preserve his quality of life. ...Continue →

St. Vincent Offers “Laser Spine,” Minimally Invasive Surgery

St. Vincent Charity spine surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Shall is one of a select few in Northeast Ohio who specializes in minimally invasive surgery to correct spinal disorders. Often referred to as “laser spine surgery” (even though the procedures rarely ever utilizes a laser), minimally invasive spine surgery has many advantages, including shorter recovery times and stronger long-term results, over traditional surgical techniques. ...Continue →

4 Tips to Recover from Joint and Muscle Pain from Exercise

Starting in late January and early February every year, Dr. Friedhoff begins to see an influx of patients suffering from overuse injuries caused by starting their New Year’s exercise regime too aggressively. These injuries are one factor that leads to the more than 80 percent of those who make a resolution to exercise falling off the wagon by early February. However, Dr. Friedhoff said the majority of these strains and pains do not need to make your New Year’s Resolution come to a screeching halt. Rather, he advises patients on how to change their exercise program, allow the body rest and then set manageable training goals. ...Continue →

Suffering from Back Pain? You Are Not Alone

If you or a loved one is suffering from back pain, you are not alone. Approximately 80 percent of American adults will experience back pain at some point in their life. Next to headaches, back pain is the most common neurological condition and is the third most common reason for a doctor’s visit. ...Continue →

What Happens if Adult Hip Dysplasia Goes Untreated?

In her early 30s, Shannon Grose developed agonizing pain in her left hip. She grew discouraged as she was referred from doctor to doctor, all telling her the same thing – she was too young for a hip replacement.  Shannon finally had enough and started searching for an orthopedic surgeon willing to help her. One day an ad for Dr. Amar Mutnal, an affiliated surgeon of the Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, popped up on Facebook and something inside urged her to call for an appointment. That moment marked the beginning of Shannon taking her life back. ...Continue →

HOSTING DURING THE HOLIDAYS? HERE’S HOW YOU CAN BE SUPPORTIVE OF GUESTS RECOVERING FROM ALCOHOL ADDICTION

Gathering with family and friends during the holiday season can be both fun and stressful. If you’re hosting, you can take simple but meaningful steps be supportive of a recovering adult family member or friend. ...Continue →

When Back Pain Suggests Something Worse

Robert F. McLain, M.D., a spine surgeon in the Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, was recently published in The Spine Journal and Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research about when back pain suggests something worse. ...Continue →

Adult stem cell therapy heals grandmother’s shoulder osteoarthritis

Suffering constant pain in her shoulder, Jeanie Fleischer found herself powerless to perform everyday tasks. Unable to open a car door, put water in the coffee pot and reach into her cupboard, Jeanie relied on Ed, her recently retired husband, to assist with daily chores that just a few years before seemed routine. Jeanie did her research and found some hope in a new solution, adult stem cell therapy, a promising regenerative treatment using cells from a patient’s own bone marrow to accelerate healing in moderate to severe osteoarthritis. The more she learned, the more she believed that this treatment therapy might be the answer to relieve her pain without the weeks of immobilization in a sling and the months and months of rehab that would come with shoulder replacement surgery. ...Continue →

A rare spine surgery has a Gates Mills woman walking tall again

Angela Wyatt was in pain and had gone to many doctors before she found the Spine and Orthopedic Institute. ...Continue →

Outpatient Procedure Helps Patients Take Control of Arthritis Pain

Sandra turned to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Dr. George Friedhoff in search of an alternative to surgery to relieve her back pain. Dr. Friedhoff performed a cooled, radiofrequency spinal ablation, a state of the art non-invasive outpatient treatment option for those suffering chronic back and joint pain. Dr. Friedhoff was able to target and burn the nerves causing Sandra’s pain. Studies have shown the treatment provides patients with up to 24 months of pain relief and improved physical function without the months of rehabilitation, risk of infection and hospitalization associated with surgery. Almost immediately after the ablation procedure, Sandra found relief from her pain. More importantly, she took back control of her life. ...Continue →

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