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Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR): how do they work.

Artificial disc replacement surgery is a medical procedure where a surgeon removes a herniated spinal disc and replaces it with an implant device.   Between every pair of vertebrae (bones in your spine) is a semi-flexible spinal disc that can be damaged or degenerate. Your surgeon may recommend surgery when material from a damaged disc impinges onto one of the many nerves that emanate from the spinal cord. Impinged (compressed)…
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When to ask for a Second Opinion

Why wonder? Be bold and ask.   To answer the question - when should you seek a second opinion - any time you feel the need. We ask for second opinions when our cars need major work. Don't we look for second opinions about vacations we want to take or new restaurants we think about dining? For any topic as important as the health of your spine, it makes sense…
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A Millennials’ Guide For Preventing Neck or Back Surgery: Confronting a ‘new age’ of bad tech habits and stress with three old good habits: posture, exercise, eating well.

Anyone born within five or six years either side of January 1, 2000, is a certified member of the generation we call the “millennials.” How this particular generation is dealing with the stresses of their emergence into adulthood is not so dissimilar to my generation of “boomers.”   We had post-Vietnam, hard rock, and the best live concerts ever performed by the greatest rock bands to ever walk the Earth…
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The Durable Artificial Disc: Its durability and adaptability is one of the biggest reasons that ADR is the cornerstone of Restorative Motion Surgery.

When you think of other surgically implanted appliances and devices, obviously, you must consider its durability. Once implanted, how long will it last? When will the patient require corrective or “revision” surgery?   Among all surgically implanted devices, artificial discs have one of the most extended duration cycles—more than 70 years. For most patients, that’s a lifetime. If only other technologies lasted as long. For instance, knee replacements: 10-15 years;…
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Dr. Todd Lanman Becomes First U.S. Spine Surgeon to Restore Movement to Patient’s Neck Through New Procedure

Dr. Todd Lanman Becomes First U.S. Spine Surgeon to Restore Movement to Patient's Neck Through New Procedure For first time in U.S. history, spinal neurosurgeon Dr. Todd H. Lanman of Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery in Beverly Hills, has successfully replaced a patient's fusion with artificial discs, restoring them to nearly full movement in their neck.   PR Newswire LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15, 2018   For the first time in U.S. history,…
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Drs. Todd Lanman, Linda Liau & more: 8 spine & neurosurgeons making headlines

Here are eight spine and neurosurgeons making headlines.   Todd Lanman, MD, performed a new spinal procedure that removes a patient's prior fusion in the neck and replaces the fusion with an artificial disc.   Read More
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Spine surgeon Dr. Todd Lanman performs 1st U.S. surgery to restore movement in neck: 5 highlights

Todd Lanman, MD, performed a new spinal procedure that removes a patient's prior fusion in the neck and replaces the fusion with an artificial disc.   Here are five highlights:   1. By performing the surgery, Dr. Lanman became the first spine surgeon to restore movement in a patients' neck.   2. Dr. Lanman performed the new procedure on a female golfer. The patient had three fused discs in her…
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Dr. Todd Lanman Becomes First U.S. Spine Surgeon to Restore Movement to Patient’s Neck Through New Procedure

For first time in U.S. history, spinal neurosurgeon Dr. Todd H. Lanman of Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery in Beverly Hills, has successfully replaced a patient's fusion with artificial discs, restoring them to nearly full movement in their neck.   PR Newswire LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15, 2018   For the first time in U.S. history, a patient's motion has been nearly fully restored, thanks to a new spinal procedure that removes a…
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Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery IS Settled Medicine

50 years of research and development makes ADR not just an option, it’s a remedy. It’s hard to overlook the fantastic scientific and technological developments we have witnessed in the last 50 to 60 years. Especially for anyone born on THIS side of the 1950s. I’m not just talking about men to the moon, cell phones, and the Internet. We’re talking about fundamental changes at nearly every point in American…
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The Self-Imposed Cycle of Pain

Feeling “better” is easy. Being “greater than better” takes a little effort.   I have a slogan that I use in my practice: Be greater than better. However, it’s more than just some nice sounding words.   It’s a statement—a positive future vision for people dealing with long-term chronic pain because of ongoing neck and back problems. It’s prescriptive: we can always deal with day-to-day pain and feel “better” for…
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Tackling the Cycle of Pain, and Winning

Living longer doesn’t mean surrendering to chronic neck and back pain. No big news: pain comes with aging. You may not be aware, however, how pain may lead us into a cycle that creates conditions for more injury and additional discomfort.   When we feel pain, we want to back off and stop moving. Of course we do. It’s a natural reaction; common wisdom. There are many other people whom…
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Los Angeles spine surgeon Todd H Lanman earns ‘Leader in Health Care’ title

Prominent spinal neurosurgeon Todd H Lanman (Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, Los Angeles, USA) has been honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of its 2018 ‘Leaders in Health Care,’ taking home the prestigious award at the 2018 Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards.   Lanman and his practice earned the distinguished title in the category ‘Medical Group CEO’, joining a select few individuals and organizations within the Greater Los…
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Restorative motion surgery in the cervical spine: Reversing fusions and placing artificial discs

Todd H Lanman is a spine surgeon known for his work on the advancement of total disc replacement surgery and motion preservation. Following his own experiences undergoing a number of spinal surgeries, Lanman has pursued a career dedicated to the restoration of his patients’ mobility. Here, he argues for the modernisation of cervical spine surgery by advocating for the routine use of cervical disc replacement. Read More ...
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The 4 Dimensions of Healthcare: How physicians can be more effective by paying more attention to TIME.

You may hear physicians talk about “standard medical treatments.” At least some standardization is essential, especially when dealing with variables in human healthcare and treatment options. When these standards are treated as guidelines, good physicians use them to help organize information for patients and show them when a deviation is required. When they’re treated as templates, however, that’s when problems occur.   In my work with treating spinal disorders, I…
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Restorative motion surgery: bringing back motion where fusion has taken it away. Replacing cervical fusions with artificial discs.

More and more cervical fusion patients are reconsidering their treatment and questioning whether they really had to sacrifice their natural range of movement and flexibility for relief from chronic neck pain. As I see these patients come into my office, I wonder about the medical community that continues to rely on cervical spinal fusion as the ‘go-to’ solution.   According to federal data, the number of spinal fusions performed in…
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What is spinal fusion surgery?

Spinal fusion surgery is a procedure where at least two vertebrae segments are permanently joined together with a highly-developed system of titanium screws, rods, and plates. A bone or synthetic graft is used to stabilize the vertebrae as one bone.   The main purpose of spinal fusion surgery is to prevent motion where a spinal disc has degenerated or ruptured. Bone graft material is added around the two segments. The…
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Restorative Motion Surgery for Patients of past Cervical Fusion Surgery: Reversing fusions and restoring full natural flexibility of the spine with artificial disc replacement surgery.

Historically, when we had problems with the spine that couldn’t be solved with physical therapy or pain management, we turned to fusion surgery. Fusion literally fuses together the very bones that allow us to bend and flex our bodies. As a result, fusion is the end of flexibility and range of motion. In my medical opinion, there are only a few, outlier reasons to continue our reliance on fusion surgery.…
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Back and Neck Pain: The consequences of bad posture, bad technology habits. To protect your spine, the best lessons come from Mom.

As much as you may wince to admit it, your mom was right about your bad posture.   Many of us will eventually develop a little chronic pain somewhere in the body, but more than likely it’ll be your neck or in your lower back. Sometimes both. If your pain isn’t due to a specific injury (e.g., a fall, car accident, sports), then it is probably due to long-term poor…
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Artificial Disc Replacement as a Revision Procedure: Avid basketball player asks if he is a candidate for cervical (neck) artificial disc replacement. Todd Lanman, MD explains.

“I’ve read a lot about artificial disc replacement as a first surgical treatment option to restore and help maintain neck movement. However, my cervical spine surgery was a fusion procedure, and now, years after what was a successful surgery, I’m in pain. I’m an avid basketball player, in relatively good health. Am I a candidate for artificial disc replacement?” — Larry, Verona, CA   Almost all the patients who see…
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4D Health: Four dimensions of care for chronic back and neck pain. Decoding: Discussion, Diagnosis, Action, and Time

Patients who need to see a doctor, want to “get better.” In my case, if a patient is suffering chronic pain in their neck or back, they probably want to see a neurosurgeon who specializes in treating disorders of the spine. For them, healing and being “better” means that they want to be pain-free. But what if we can heal them to be better than that? If I have anything…
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6 spine & neurosurgeons recently receiving honors — June 2018

Here are six spine and neurosurgeons who recently received awards or promotions. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons appointed Shelly Timmons, MD, as president. Syracuse, N.Y.-based Crouse Hospital surgeon Eric Deshaies, MD, is leaving the hospital to direct a brain and spine program in Charlotte, N.C. P. Richard Emmanuel, MD, a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon at Orthopedic & Spine Institute of Los Angeles, has been named a 2018 Top Doctor in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Todd H. Lanman, MD, as…
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5 spine and neurosurgeons making headlines

Here are five spine and neurosurgeons making headlines.   DiscGenics principal investigator Domagoj Coric, MD, of Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates in Charlotte, N.C., treated the first patient in the phase 1/phase 2 clinical trials of IDCT.   Michael Wang, MD, and his team are offering high-risk patients a new approach to spine surgery.   Read More...
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Los Angeles spine surgeon Todd H Lanman earns ‘Leader in Health Care’ title

Prominent spinal neurosurgeon Todd H Lanman (Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, Los Angeles, USA) has been honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of its 2018 ‘Leaders in Health Care,’ taking home the prestigious award at the 2018 Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards.   Lanman and his practice earned the distinguished title in the category ‘Medical Group CEO’, joining a select few individuals and organizations within the Greater Los Angeles region,…
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Preventing Neck and Back Pain While Traveling

Spinal Neurosurgeon Dr. Todd Lanman will join us live with tips on how to prevent neck and back pain while traveling. Dr. Lanman talked about everything from exercises to recommended products and tips. Dr. Lanman has treated celebs like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Ryan Seacrest, Barbra Streisand, Sylvester Stallone, and more. Dr. Lanman's practice is located at 450 N. Roxbury Dr. in Beverly Hills. Watch Video 
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Preeminent Los Angeles Spine Surgeon Dr. Todd H. Lanman Earns Rare…

Prominent spinal neurosurgeon Dr. Todd H. Lanman has been honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of its 2018 ‘Leaders in Health Care,’ taking home the prestigious award at the 2018 Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards last week.   Lanman and his practice earned the distinguished title in the category of ‘Medical Group CEO,’ joining only a select few of individuals and organizations within the Greater Los…
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Dr. Todd Lanman recognized as 2018 leader in healthcare — 6 highlights

Los Angeles Business Journal  recognized Todd H. Lanman, MD, as one of the 2018 "Leaders in Health Care."   Here are six highlights.   1. Dr. Lanman received the award at the publication's 2018 Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards, May 15. These leadership awards recognize the "city's finest doctors, medical practices and hospitals, all of which have made phenomenal strides in providing top-notch healthcare to patients and setting industry standards."  …
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Preeminent Los Angeles Spine Surgeon Dr. Todd H. Lanman Earns Rare Title of ‘Leader in Health Care’ at L.A. Business Journal’s 2018 Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards

Prominent spinal neurosurgeon Dr. Todd H. Lanman has been honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of its 2018 ‘Leaders in Health Care,’ taking home the prestigious award at the 2018 Health Care Leadership Forum & Awards last week.   Lanman and his practice earned the distinguished title in the category of ‘Medical Group CEO,’ joining only a select few of individuals and organizations within the Greater Los…
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Inside the Transition Zone where we spend TIME discovering.

This is where back and neck pain is the most important thing on my mind.   There's an old joke about a patient who says, "Hey doc, it hurts when I do this." Without even bothering to look up, the doctor replies, "Then don't do that." Of course, this cynical view of the doctor-patient relationship is hardly the reality. MOST doctors look. But here’s the problem – for quite a…
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Spine Health in the Transition Zone: Preserving motion should be your most important goal.

Why let pain drive you to desperate solutions that ultimately places you into the “fusion box”?   Konrad Bright lives an active life on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. He’s been surfing all his life and is training in the martial arts. But one day, something went wrong. While enjoying one of those idyllic surfing days on the beach, excruciating pain shot through his lower back.   He initially believed…
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Live in the transition zone and preserve motion

All around the web, you’ll find information about how surgeons can fix your neck or back pain with minimally invasive techniques. Some procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. You can literally be cured of a chronic spine disorder and be out of the office in a matter of hours and ready to go back to a painless life. But it’s not always that simple, and surgery is not always…
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Innovative Spinal Neurosurgeon Dr. Todd Lanman Leads Way with Artificial Disc Replacement Presentation at April 17th Spine Conference

Dr. Todd Lanman, one of the world’s most sought-after and high profile spinal neurosurgeons, will lead a presentation about Artificial Disc Replacement at the Marina Del Rey Hospital on April 17th, helping to educate peers about advances in spine surgery and motion preservation, particularly relating to cervical artificial disc replacement.   Read More...
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Dr. Todd Lanman to speak on artificial disc replacement: 4 things to know

Todd Lanman, MD, of Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, will lead an artificial disc replacement presentation at the Marina Del (Calif.) Rey Hospital April 17. Here are four things to know. Read More...
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A Full and Fulfilling Life – without the Fear

How to keep your freedom of movement AND solve your chronic neck and back pain. Pain is a natural part of life, but especially as we age. Now that we are living longer and, as we age, we tend to want to stay active as long as possible, pain is all but inevitable. Chances are much higher that we will encounter some situation – some injury of some kind -…
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Exercises and lifestyle choices to avoid back and neck surgery

There are several exercises that you can do to help you avoid back and neck surgery. But there are also important lifestyle choices that I recommend you consider. Exercises and lifestyle choices are always essential elements in everything we do. I’ve been a spinal neurosurgeon for over 20 years at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. I’m also a professor at the UCLA Medical Center. I’ve also led several…
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Preventing Neck And Back Pain With Exercise, Diet, And More

Spinal Neurosurgeon Dr. Todd Lanman joined us live with tips on how to prevent neck and back pain. Dr. Lanman gave us recommendations on exercises, foods we should be eating, the recommended way to set up your desk, proper ways to sleep and more. Dr. Lanman’s practice is located at 450 N Roxbury Dr. in Beverly Hills. Watch Video 
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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS): How a good doctor and patient relationship can avoid a syndrome.

A friend of mine who keeps track of all things Internet told me this statistic which I thought was pretty significant. About 85% of Americans use the web to investigate the status of their health.  I have said before that I applaud this trend, and I hope it only grows stronger. I say this because in my 25 years as a neurosurgeon – and from the perspective of my private…
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Top Doctors of Los Angeles 2018

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is pleased to partner with Leading Doctor’s Media to present Top Doctors of Los Angeles, a special insert in the Los Angeles Times with a selection of Castle Connolly Top Doctors in the Los Angeles Metro Area. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is known for our selection process integrity. As the former President of New York Medical College and my partner, John K. Castle, the former Board…
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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome is the diagnosis given to people who continue to have pain after back or neck surgery.   It is not really a syndrome, but a tentative acknowledgement that surgery failed to relieve the person’s symptoms. It is notorious for being difficult to treat—largely because it’s treated as a syndrome rather than its individual symptoms or underlying cause. The causes of FBS are numerous, and successful treatment…
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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS): Why patients should question this “diagnosis.”

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome – otherwise known as FBSS – is not a real diagnosis. While I’ve met patients that have been given this “diagnosis” by other physicians and appreciate their genuine pain, the cause of the condition is too broadly defined.   When I went to medical school, one of the first things I learned was that every word has meaning. The word “diagnosis” connotes a process whereby a…
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Artificial Disc Replacement Saving Lives and Careers Thanks To Beverly Hills Spine Surgery Innovator Dr. Todd Lanman

In her early 50s, celebrity trainer Andrea Leigh Logan was in so much pain from degenerative disc disease in her neck that most days she couldn’t pick herself off the floor, let alone aggressively train clients, describing the excruciating pain she suffered daily as being akin to a knife being forced into her neck bones.     Read More...
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What is Failed back surgery syndrome?

Failed back surgery syndrome is a condition associated post-operatively with back surgeries. It is a diagnosis given to patients who have continued pain after back surgery. Also known as failed back syndrome on the web, it is typically associated with chronic and persistent pain at or near the surgery location.   In my opinion, the label "syndrome" is misplaced. Purely from a clinical standpoint, post-operative pain is not linked –…
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How long will it take to recover from back surgery?

Recovery from the four principal types of back surgery - laminectomy, discectomy, spinal fusion, and artificial disc replacement – will vary because each surgical procedure affects the body in different ways. Recovery from these surgical procedures also depends significantly on the extent of damage from spinal conditions such as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and other disorders of the spine.   Post-Operative Recovery from Back Surgery   Age and…
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Keep Your Head Up: How Smartphone Addiction Kills Manners and Moods

Some 75 percent of Americans believe their smartphone usage doesn’t impact their ability to pay attention in a group setting, according to the Pew Research Center, and about a third of Americans believe that using phones in social settings actually contributes to the conversation. But does it? Read More...
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Medtronic, Safe Orthopaedics, Smith & Nephew & more: 8 device company notes

Here are eight key notes on orthopedic and spine device companies from the past week. Read More...
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Visionary Spine Surgeon Dr. Todd Lanman Helps Support Spine Care Innovation In Atlanta With Revolutionary Testing

    Dr. Todd Lanman, one of the world's most high profile specialists in spine health and motion preservation surgery, will join his peers in the field this weekend for a special procedure that will help continue to revolutionize the spine care world. Read More...  
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Visionary Spine Surgeon Dr. Todd Lanman Helps Support Spine Care Innovation In Atlanta With Revolutionary Testing

Dr. Todd Lanman, one of the world’s most high profile specialists in spine health and motion preservation surgery, will join his peers in the field this weekend for a special procedure that will help continue to revolutionize the spine care world. Read More...
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We don’t need to do a study to confirm what we already know: Smartphones are really bad for us.

 To the editor: Perhaps “The death of common sense” would have been a better headline for the Jan. 8 article, “Apple should study how iPhone use might hurt kids, two big investors say.”   Read More...
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Interlaminar stabilization fills the spinal stenosis ‘Transition Zone’ — And now payment codes are catching up

Lumbar spinal stenosis affects 8 percent to 11 percent of people in the United States; by 2021, around 2.4 million Americans are expected to have spinal stenosis. The typical spinal stenosis sufferer is more than 50 years old and can present with varying degrees of the disease. For years, there were two options for treating spinal stenosis patients: a simple decompression or decompression and spinal fusion.   Read More...
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What are the different types of back surgery?

  Laminectomy, discectomy, spinal fusion, and artificial disc replacement are the four principal types of back surgery to treat conditions such as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and other disorders of the spine.     Laminectomy   Laminectomy is often recommended for patients suffering from spinal stenosis, or a progressive narrowing of the nerve channels (the foramen) within the vertebral bone. The "narrowing" is caused by abnormal bone growth…
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Dr. Todd Lanman – One of LA’s Top Doctors

  LOS ANGELES’ PHYSICIANS ARE A UNIQUE GROUP. Not only do they help our society live healthier, they also happen to be good business people with great business stories. That’s why doctors are no strangers to the pages of the Los Angeles Business Journal. Whatever the economic climate, there is always a need for good healthcare – and the doctors are the essential ingredient of an industry that is always…
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Why is Artificial Disc Replacement surgery better than Spinal Fusion?

  Only artificial disc replacement offers the promise of preservation of the natural range of motion of the spine. Fusion, by its very nature, cannot do this. Artificial discs replace damaged discs, thus allowing the vertebrae to function as close to normal as possible. Fusion requires that at least two vertebrae bones are fused together - permanently. The pain is gone (or reduced), but the cost is a noticeable reduction…
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What is spinal surgery?

Spinal surgery is a class of surgical procedures that are used to treat patients with spine conditions such as degenerative disc disease, isthmic spondylolisthesis, degenerative spondylolisthesis, and other disorders of the spine.   There are four principle types of spinal surgery: laminectomy, discectomy, spinal fusion, and artificial disc replacement. The specific procedure that a physician will prescribe depends on the diagnosis. When degenerative disc disease is diagnosed, the physician will…
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Doctor’s Journey: Recovery

As a patient going through recovery, I realized the importance of having a PLAN. There are some things that doctors just can't learn in medical school. Bedside manner is one of them. You can only learn how to talk to patients through the experience of treating them. But what is it like to experience surgery – first hand? What's it like to experience postoperative recovery?   That's one of the…
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Leading Innovator in Artificial Disc Replacement Dr. Todd Lanman Invited to Speak to Medtronic Regarding Motion Preservation Surgery

One of the world’s most sought after specialists in the advancement of spinal health for nearly three decades, Beverly Hills-based spinal neurosurgeon Dr. Todd Lanman was invited earlier this month to help support Medtronic’s efforts in facilitating motion preservation surgery with artificial disc replacements.   The largest medical equipment development company, Medtronic, which is well known for being the manufacturer of the Prestige LP, a revolutionary two-level Artificial Cervical Disc…
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Doctor’s Journey: Postoperative Healing

Lessons I learned as a patient going through postoperative recovery from back surgery.   Many of my patients take some comfort in knowing that, as their surgeon, I have also undergone the very procedures I prescribe for them. From the patient's point of view, it makes total sense. Having been a patient, and being a patient now, I have insights on procedures and processes that many other surgeons find are…
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Doctor’s Journey: The Ultimate Doctor Experience

Reflecting on experiences that I share with all my patients, as a patient.   It surprises some of my patients when they learn that I am a spine surgery patient, just like them. Most are relieved, knowing that I’ve been through many of the same experiences that I prescribe for them – from preop to post to recovery. But the most dramatic part of this narrative comes from my personal…
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Doctor’s Journey: The Ultimate Patient Experience

What being my own patient taught me about treating back and neck pain.    When I was in high school, I was a swimmer. I enjoyed working out in the pools and in the master swim programs, I loved the competition, the team experience, and the workout. To augment my performance, I engaged some light weight training and occasional elliptical and cardiovascular exercises to augment my endurance.   Inevitably, there…
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Dr. Todd Lanman highlights Prestige LP on CBS’ ‘The Doctors’— 7 highlights

CBS' "The Doctors" featured Todd Lanman, MD, of Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery. Here are seven highlights:   1. During the segment, Dr. Lanman discussed Medtronic's Prestige LP device. 2. The Prestige LP is intended for a two-level artificial disc replacement procedure. 3. Dr. Lanman served as principal investigator for Prestige LP's clinical trial, spanning 10 years. This trial led to the device's FDA approval.   Read More...
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New Surgery for Chronic Neck Pain?

Leslie suffers from chronic neck and shoulder pain. After learning her pain was coming from two herniated discs, Leslie decided to undergo artificial disc replacement surgery with neurosurgeon Dr. Todd Lanman. Check out this incredible new procedure.  
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World Renowned Spine Surgeon and Innovator Dr. Todd Lanman Reveals Unprecedented New Spine Surgery on CBS’ “The Doctors”

One of the world’s most prominent spine surgeons for nearly three decades, Dr. Todd Lanman, of Beverly Hills-based Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, has just appeared on CBS’ Emmy-winning daytime talk show, “The Doctors,” revealing for the first time ever a life-changing surgical spine procedure on the long-running television show’s latest season.   Read More...
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Life after Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery

Four months after undergoing artificial disc replacement surgery, Leslie joins The Doctors with neurosurgeon Dr. Todd Lanman. Leslie is enjoying a new life hiking, taking dance classes and going to the gym.   Watch Now...
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Artificial Disc Replacement as a Revision Procedure

Almost all the patients who see me in my spinal neurosurgery practice are interested in surgical treatment that will treat their neck pain and allow them to continue their active lifestyles. Some of my patients are professional or elite athletes, and motion preservation surgery (ie, artificial disc replacement) could enable them to continue their careers. Some are proud “weekend warriors” who simply want tear up the golf course whenever they…
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341 spine surgeons to know — 2017

Here are 341 spine surgeons to know.   Todd Lanman, MD, is the founder of Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery. He has published more than 10 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on neurological surgery and has served as principal investigator on several clinical trials.   Read More...
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Dr. Todd Lanman to present artificial disc replacement findings: 6 insights

Todd H. Lanman, MD, will present on artificial disc replacement at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons' Annual 2017 Meeting Oct. 10 in Boston.   Here are six insights:   1. Dr. Lanman founded Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery in Beverly Hills, Calif.   2. During his presentation, Dr. Lanman will discuss findings from using a M6 cervical disc device.   Read More...
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Don’t Settle for a Life with Pain

Artificial Disc Replacement can help us reach for the highest quality life possible – no matter how old we are.   As we age, we develop pain. It’s a natural process of aging, but also life. Add the fact that we are living longer (much longer than our parent’s generation) only increases the likelihood that we will develop chronic neck and back pain.   That doesn’t necessarily mean that we…
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World Renowned Spine Surgeon Dr. Todd Lanman to Present Findings at Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ Annual 2017 Meeting in Boston

Dr. Todd H. Lanman, founder of Beverly Hills’ Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, and one of the world’s top innovators in the advancement of spinal health for more than 25 years, will return to The Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ Annual Meeting next month to speak to medical and industry peers on the topic of Artificial Disc Replacement, it has been announced today.   Read More...
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Artificial Disc Replacement as an Alternative for Failed Spinal Fusion

Revision strategies for patients with prior cervical fusion   Spinal fusion has a long history. The procedure itself was developed over time from the early 1900s as a means of limiting spinal deformity caused by infections of tuberculosis. It was actually a coincidence that surgeons later realized that the procedure was also useful for patients who suffered from chronic pain in the lower back (lumbar) region.   Throughout the 20th…
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Excessive usage of phones up neck and upper back pain, reveals research

According to researchers, some patients, particularly youngsters who should not yet have back and neck issues, are reporting disk hernias and alignment problems. The findings, published in The Spine Journal, indicated that in a neutral position looking forward, the head weighs about 4.5 to 5.4 Kg and at a 15-degree flex, it feels like 12 kgs. The stress on the spine increases by degree, and at 60 degrees, it is…
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Increased Neck And Back Pain Due To Smartphones

A recent study urges parents to reduce the time their kids spend on cell phones. There has been a increase in the number of patients with neck, disk hernias and alignment problems mainly due to prolonged use of smartphones.   Read More...
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SMARTPHONE-RELATED POSTURE INJURIES ARE ON THE RISE — HERE’S HOW TO PREVENT THEM

“In an X-ray, the neck typically curves backward, and what we’re seeing is that the curve is being reversed as people look down at their phones for hours each day,” study co-author Dr. Todd Lanman told Reuters.   Read More...
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Do You Have ‘Text Neck?’

Spine surgeons are noticing an increase in patients with neck and upper back pain, likely related to poor posture during prolonged smartphone use, according to a recent report.   Read More...
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Medtronic touts 7-year follow-up data on 2-level Prestige LP disc

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) today released 7-year follow-up data from a study of its 2-level Prestige LP cervical disc, touting favorable clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction with the system.   Read More...
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Drs. Michael Vitale, Todd Lanman & more: 5 spine, neurosurgeons in the news

Here are five spine and neurosurgeons making the news this week:   Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Todd H. Lanman, MD, launched the Lanman Foundation for Spinal Advancement and Innovative Health.   Read More...
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Artificial Disc Replacement Revisions for Patients with Prior Neck Fusions

Changing the course of patient outcomes with Artificial Disc Replacement surgery.   One of my patients is an avid golfer who had three disks in her neck fused. It had been several years since her last surgery, and she was developing new pain in her neck. Not only were the fusions limiting the range of motion of her spine, but persistent pressure on adjacent levels had also degenerated the disc…
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Artificial disc replacement after cervical fusion?

In my practice as a spinal neurosurgeon, I emphasize motion preservation surgery.   As such, I have had several patients with previous cervical spine fusions who asked me if there was any hope of switching to an artificial disc. While many spine surgeons may think it is impossible, I have been able to answer, “Yes” to select patients. In my practice I have found that artificial discs can be used…
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Leading Spine Surgeon Dr. Todd H. Lanman Launches Spinal Health Innovation and Veteran-Focused Charity Initiative, The Lanman Foundation

World-renowned spine surgeon Dr. Todd H. Lanman, founder of Beverly Hills-based practice Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, has announced today the launch of The Lanman Foundation for Spinal Advancement and Innovative Health, his new charitable enterprise focused on advancing the science of spine health by expanding the spinal surgery community’s perspective to full health and lasting mobility of patients, as well as providing much-needed surgical procedures to those who have been injured…
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Dr. Todd Lanman launches charitable foundation for research, military veteran care: 5 things to know

Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Todd H. Lanman, MD, launched the Lanman Foundation for Spinal Advancement and Innovative Health. Here are five things to know:   1. Dr. Lanman, founder of Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, launched the charitable organization to focus on advancing the science of spine health. He hopes the foundation will help expand the spine community's perspective on full health and mobility of patients as well as provide surgical procedures for…
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Review Your Treatment Options for Neck and Back Pain.

Know the facts: Spinal Fusion versus Artificial Disc Replacement?   A neurosurgeon has already diagnosed you with degenerative disc disease resulting from a "slipped" or a herniated (ruptured) disc. You don't remember how you got your injury - it could have started from any impact you received 20 years ago or an accident you had a year ago. Either way, you suffer from chronic neck or back pain (or both),…
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Artificial Disc Replacement: Why it’s better.

ADR is no longer an alternative; it's the clearly the solution.   I see a lot of patients from all walks of life. Some of them are actors and professional athletes; some are business executives and entrepreneurs; most are average people of all ages that have neck and back pain issues that are so severe that they need medical help. That’s when I get to work with solutions so that…
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Are you a victim of “Text Neck”?

At least now you have better surgical choices when you need corrective surgery.   Prepare for shocking headlines: habitual cell phone use can lead to a higher risk of spinal damage that may increase your chances for surgery later in life. Do you think I'm overly dramatic?   Think of all the things we do with our "phones" nowadays. Now think about who has one of these devices: kids as…
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Artificial Disc Replacement is more than just another surgical procedure.

Finally, we can say that there is a viable alternative for spinal fusion.   When it comes to neck and back pain, it is often a cause and effect' process: one thing always leads to another. “Discs" are semi-soft complex structures that cushion the individual bones (vertebra) of the spine. The outer layer of the disc consists of a cartilage-like tissue that gives the disc some rigidity. The inner portion…
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Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery

Why ADR is a “page-turning” medical development that ALL patients should know about. I see patients, every day, who are broken by excruciating, often debilitating pain. I'm kept very busy by a nearly non-stop schedule at my private practice in Beverly Hills and in my work as an associate surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.   When I meet my patients for the first time, many will peer…
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Drs. Andrew Moulton, Jeffrey Wang and more: 12 spine, neurosurgeons in the news this week

Here are 12 spine and neurosurgeons that made the headlines over the past week.   The Los Angeles Business Journal named Todd H. Lanman, MD, a finalist for its 2017 Healthcare Leadership Awards.   Read More...  
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Leaning forward during phone use may cause ‘text neck’

“In an X-ray, the neck typically curves backward, and what we’re seeing is that the curve is being reversed as people look down at their phones for hours each day,” said study coauthor Dr. Todd Lanman, a spinal neurosurgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.   “By the time patients get to me, they’re already in bad pain and have disc issues,” he told Reuters Health. “The real concern…
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Prominent Beverly Hills Spine Surgeon Dr. Todd H. Lanman Honored as Finalist in Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2017 Healthcare Leadership Awards

Recognizing his more than two decades of innovation within the world of medicine, primarily that of the spine specifically, the Los Angeles Business Journal honored Dr. Todd H. Lanman, founder of Beverly Hills-based practice Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, as one of its select finalists in its 2017 Healthcare Leadership Awards, last week.   As one of the world’s leading spine surgeons, one whom often calls many high profile celebrities and C-suite…
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Dr. Todd Lanman is a 2017 Healthcare Leadership Award finalist: 5 highlights

Los Angeles Business Journal named Todd H. Lanman, MD, a finalist for its 2017 Healthcare Leadership Awards. Here are five highlights:   1. The program recognizes elite medical practitioners and organizations delivering high-quality care that creates the industry standards.   Read More...
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4D Health Process: DISEASE SCREENING

How “asymptomatic” disease screening is the best medicine you can take.   When we think of modern medical innovations, it’s easy to think of “Eureka moments” that not only conquers disease but also increases our quality of life. The microscope allowed us to see bacteria for the first time. Penicillin gave us a sure cure for infections. Vaccinations of all kinds allow us to inoculate whole populations from hundreds of…
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Texting Increases Stress On The Spine

Spine surgeons are noticing an increase in patients with neck and upper back pain, likely related to poor posture during prolonged smartphone use, according to a recent report. Some patients, particularly young patients who shouldn’t yet have back and neck issues, are reporting disk hernias and alignment problems, the study authors write in The Spine Journal.   Read More...
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4D Health Process: CHEMICAL BALANCE

How you can get your balance back with supplements and hormones.   When you think of the word “wellness,” do you think “fitness”? “Nutrition”? “Disease screening”? How about, “chemical balance”?   Of all the ‘dimensions’ in the 4D Health Process, chemical balance is the one that’s the hardest to understand, but once you are aware, it’s impossible to ignore. I am, of course, talking about chemical balance through hormone maintenance…
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Spine Publishes Gornet and Lanman’s Peer-Reviewed Study Documenting Outcome of Two-Level Cervical Disc Replacement with Prestige LP at 24 Months

“It’s exciting to see the transformation that disc replacement has made in people’s lives, keeping them with full motion of the spine and relieving their neck and arm pain,” says Lanman.   Read More...
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Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine Publishes Gornet and Lanman’s Peer-Reviewed Study Documenting Outcome of Two-Level Cervical Disc Replacement with Prestige LP at 24 Months

New study published in peer-reviewed Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine and authored by six leading spine surgeons, including FDA-approved clinical trial principal investigator Dr. Todd H. Lanman, of Beverly Hills, California-based Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, documents favorable post-operative outcomes of two-level cervical disc replacement using Prestige LP device at two year mark.   Read More...
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Renowned Los Angeles Spine Surgeon Dr. Todd Lanman Innovates Patient Care with Introduction of 4D Health Approach to Disc Replacement

Having consistently remained one of the world’s leading innovators in spine health, Dr. Todd H. Lanman, of Beverly Hills-based practice Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery (http://www.spine.md), became one of the leading surgeons in his field more than a decade ago to begin offering two-level cervical disc replacements to patients, as an alternative to fusion surgery.   Read More...
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Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine Publishes Gornet and Lanman’s Peer-Reviewed Study Documenting Outcome of Two-Level Cervical Disc Replacement with Prestige LP at 24 Months

New study published in peer-reviewed Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine and authored by six leading spine surgeons, including FDA-approved clinical trial principal investigator Dr. Todd H. Lanman, of Beverly Hills, California-based Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, documents favorable post-operative outcomes of two-level cervical disc replacement using Prestige LP device at two year mark.   Read More...
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7-Year Outcome Finds Two-Level Cervical Disc Replacement Statistically Superior Option in Treating Disc Disease in New Journal of of Neurosurgery Paper by Dr. Todd Lanman

For the first time ever, the breakthrough two-level cervical disc replacement procedure using the Prestige LP device has been found to be a "statistically superior" option over fusion surgery in treating degenerative disc disease in two adjacent disc levels, in a new Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine clinical paper. The peer-reviewed clinical paper documents the 7-year outcome from the FDA approved clinical trial.   Read More...
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4D Health Process: FITNESS

Want a healthier spine? Work on your musculoskeletal system and EXERCISE!     We should think of the human body as a collection of systems: groups of organs and tissues working together to help the entire body function. I’m particularly familiar with the musculoskeletal system. This one is a little unique because it fills so many functions. Composed of our bones, muscles and a variety of connective tissues it is…
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340 spine surgeons to know — 2017

Here are 340 spine surgeons to know: Todd Lanman, MD, is the founder of Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery. He has published more than 10 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on neurological surgery and has served as principal investigator on several clinical trials.   Read More...  
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Beware of the ‘text neck’ posture while typing: Doctors

Spine surgeons are noticing an increase in people suffering from neck and upper back pain. According to a recent report, poor posture during prolonged smartphone use could be the cause behind the ailments.   Read More...
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Leaning forward during phone use may cause ‘text neck’

(Reuters Health) - Spine surgeons are noticing an increase in patients with neck and upper back pain, likely related to poor posture during prolonged smartphone use, according to a recent report.   Read More...
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Could phones change the way our spines curve? Scientists warn an entire generation is plagued by ‘text neck’

'In an X-ray, the neck typically curves backward, and what we're seeing is that the curve is being reversed as people look down at their phones for hours each day,' said study coauthor Dr. Todd Lanman, a spinal neurosurgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.   Read More...
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Don’t just sit there! MOVE!

Relieve common causes of back and neck pain. NINE easy exercise routines that you can do anywhere – even while sitting.   Exercise should be as much a way of life as eating and drinking. Exercise will make you stronger, more energetic, and more alert. I have seen clear evidence of how physical activity has helped patients who suffer from common neck and back pain. This may seem counterintuitive if…
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