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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.

June 27,2018
“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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6 spine & neurosurgeons recently receiving honors — June 2018

June 12,2018
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

May 30,2018
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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Preventing Neck and Back Pain While Traveling

May 25,2018
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…

May 23,2018
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

May 23,2018
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

May 22,2018
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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Innovative Spinal Neurosurgeon Dr. Todd Lanman Leads Way with Artificial Disc Replacement Presentation at April 17th Spine Conference

April 09,2018
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

April 09,2018
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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Exercises and lifestyle choices to avoid back and neck surgery

March 23,2018
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

March 22,2018
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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Top Doctors of Los Angeles 2018

March 09,2018
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

March 09,2018
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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Artificial Disc Replacement Saving Lives and Careers Thanks To Beverly Hills Spine Surgery Innovator Dr. Todd Lanman

February 23,2018
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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Keep Your Head Up: How Smartphone Addiction Kills Manners and Moods

January 30,2018
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

January 25,2018
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

January 25,2018
    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

January 25,2018
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.

January 25,2018
 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

January 25,2018
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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Dr. Todd Lanman – One of LA’s Top Doctors

January 12,2018
  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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Leading Innovator in Artificial Disc Replacement Dr. Todd Lanman Invited to Speak to Medtronic Regarding Motion Preservation Surgery

November 22,2017
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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Dr. Todd Lanman highlights Prestige LP on CBS’ ‘The Doctors’— 7 highlights

October 10,2017
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?

October 10,2017
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”

October 06,2017
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

October 06,2017
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

October 06,2017
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

September 25,2017
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

September 25,2017
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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World Renowned Spine Surgeon Dr. Todd Lanman to Present Findings at Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ Annual 2017 Meeting in Boston

September 15,2017
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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Excessive usage of phones up neck and upper back pain, reveals research

August 25,2017
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

August 25,2017
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

August 25,2017
“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?’

August 25,2017
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

August 25,2017
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

August 25,2017
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 after cervical fusion?

August 18,2017
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

August 02,2017
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

August 02,2017
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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Drs. Andrew Moulton, Jeffrey Wang and more: 12 spine, neurosurgeons in the news this week

June 07,2017
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’

June 07,2017
“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

June 01,2017
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

June 01,2017
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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Texting Increases Stress On The Spine

May 15,2017
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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Spine Publishes Gornet and Lanman’s Peer-Reviewed Study Documenting Outcome of Two-Level Cervical Disc Replacement with Prestige LP at 24 Months

May 09,2017
“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

May 09,2017
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

May 09,2017
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

May 09,2017
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

May 09,2017
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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340 spine surgeons to know — 2017

April 27,2017
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

April 19,2017
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’

April 19,2017
(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’

April 17,2017
'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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Leaning forward during phone use may cause ‘text neck’

April 14,2017
“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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2-level cervical disc replacement with Medtronic Prestige LP just as effective, safe as ACDF

April 13,2017
A study published in Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine compared 24-month outcomes for two-level cervical disc replacement using the Medtronic Prestige LP device versus anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery.   The study included 209 patients undergoing two-level cervical disc replacements, or cervical arthroplasty, with a Prestige LP, and 188 patients undergoing ACDF between June 2006 and November 2007.   Read More...
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Artificial Disc Replacement Gaining Popularity

March 12,2017
Artificial disc replacement is gaining popularity, proving to be a safe and effective motion-sparing alternative to spinal fusion. Approved for cervical and lumbar regions, the procedure involves replacing a degenerated disc with a prosthesis.   Here are 15 things to know about the field.   Read More...
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Interlaminar stabilization fills the spinal stenosis ‘Transition Zone’ — And now payment codes are catching up

March 09,2017
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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Dr. Todd Lanman highlights 4D Health Approach for disc replacement: 5 key notes

March 04,2017
Todd H. Lanman, MD, of Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, unveiled his 4D Health Approach for one-and two-level total disc replacement. Here are five key notes: 1. The 4D Health Approach is holistic and takes into consideration a patient's overall health, ailments, environment and future aspirations. Read More...
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Leading Spine Surgeon Talks Protecting Spine During Tennis

February 24,2017
If you think that tennis could be causing your low back pain, you are probably right, and you’re not alone. Studies show that 62% of tennis players have some degree of injury in their lower (lumbar) spine. Most of the time these injuries do not cause noticeable symptoms, but in 3 out of 10 cases there is disc herniation where a part of the disc between the spinal bones pokes…
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Living should be thriving, not just surviving: The 4D health approach

February 21,2017
“I’m alive, which is better than the alternative,” a new patient once told me when I asked him how he was. The alternative to being alive, we are to assume, is death; being alive is better than being dead.   This certainly wasn’t the first time I had heard someone reply this way, but it was the first time I considered it as more than a mere cliché. What if…
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What’s Really Happening When Your Hands and Feet Fall Asleep

February 07,2017
You know that feeling when after sitting cross-legged for awhile, your foot feels foreign to you? Not only does it feel tingly and uncomfortable, but poking and prodding doesn’t seem to make a difference. Same thing happens when you’re scrolling through your Instagram feed for too long, and that pins-and-needles sensation suddenly creeps through your hand.   Read More...
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How to protect your spine from your tennis serve

February 07,2017
When most people think about chronic injuries that occur from tennis, they usually think of “tennis elbow.” But if you ask a serious tennis player about the most common tennis-related injuries, low back pain will almost always make that list. There’s good reason for that. We spoke with Dr. Todd Lanman, a spine surgeon in Beverly Hills, California.   Read More...
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Preventing and Treating “Text Neck” – abc7 Los Angeles

January 18,2017
Symptoms can range from minimal neck pain to serious long term problems. Dr. Todd Lanman joins abc7 Los Angeles to discuss "text neck".  
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Artificial Disc Replacement in 2-Level Cervical Disease: Long Term Outcomes

January 16,2017
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) has been the standard surgical treatment for cervical degenerative disc disease with myelopathy and/or radiculopathy since the 1950s. While ACDF is generally successful at reducing pain and neurological symptoms, patients are left with decreased range of motion in the neck. Read More...
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Is Your Cell Phone Giving You “Text Neck”?

December 20,2016
Texting, Facebooking, and Snapchatting can be a real pain in the neck—literally. See how "text neck" can hurt you, and how to avoid this modern malady.   Read More...
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What’s Really Happening When Your Hands and Feet Fall Asleep

December 20,2016
You know that feeling when after sitting cross-legged for awhile, your foot feels totally foreign to you? Not only does it feel super tingly and uncomfortable, but poking and prodding doesn’t really seem to make a difference. Same thing happens when you’re scrolling through your Instagram feed for too long and that pins-and-needles sensation suddenly creeps through your hand.   Read More...
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Should I Consider Artificial Disc Replacement for My Back or Neck Pain?

December 15,2016
Artificial disc replacement has made great strides since it was first approved to treat low back pain in 2005 and neck pain in 2007. Todd H. Lanman, MD, a spinal neurosurgeon and leader in total disc replacement, shares his thoughts on the current state of this surgical alternative to spinal fusion.   Read More...
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Beverly Hills Neurosurgeon Warns ‘Text Neck’ Could Cause Serious Damage

December 10,2016
A neurosurgeon in Beverly Hills says that if we don’t change the way we use our phones, we could cause some serious damage to our bodies. Kacey Montoya reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Dec. 8, 2016. Watch Now...
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Artificial cervical disc replacement for two-level disease

December 02,2016
In the last half of the 20th century, patients who needed surgery for two-level cervical disease almost certainly were treated with anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). The procedure no doubt served those patients well, presumably reducing pain and improving or preventing neurological problems. The tradeoff for a resolution to their neck pain was decreased range of motion. To many, this was a reasonable compromise, because there were exceedingly few…
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15 spine surgeons discuss techniques revolutionizing spine care

December 02,2016
Todd Lanman, MD, Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, Beverly Hills, Calif.: Over the past decade, artificial disc replacement has become an attractive option for patients with degenerative disc disease who would benefit from surgical treatment. Artificial disc replacement is now a compelling rival to the current standard of care for this patient population, vertebral disc fusion. In fact, I anticipate artificial disc replacement may eclipse vertebral fusion in the very near future…
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Spine surgery for patients in the transition zone

November 17,2016
About three years ago, I saw a patient with terrible back and neck pain. He is an elite tennis player, actor, singer—an all-around active and vibrant man. His pain was brutal, and it was severely affecting his personal and professional life. Surgery was clearly indicated, but the surgical approach was anything but straightforward.   Read More...
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Analyzing Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement

October 19,2016
Your dear friend has had pain in her left hip for the past decade, and it has only gotten worse. Her films show severe osteoarthritis, even though she had joint resurfacing just a few years ago. This vibrant, 50-something woman now has so much pain that she can barely get through her day. Her nights are plagued with a dull, persistent ache—she can’t remember the last time she had good…
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The Future Is Now: Artificial Disc Replacement Rises to Its Potential

August 19,2016
Disc Replacement Overtakes Spinal Fusion as the Most Effective Procedure The latest research shows that disc replacement surgery is now poised to take over as the primary solution for patients seeking to relieve spinal pain from degenerative disc disease and other causes in the neck.   For more than 70 years, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, or simply spinal fusion, has been the gold standard for treating patients who experience…
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Be Greater than Better

July 01,2016
How the Fourth Dimension of Health Does More than Make You Better As a neurosurgeon, I specialize in spinal surgery. But my work is more than surgery. My work begins with assessing what I call the fourth dimension of health. As we live longer, we want to be more active and functional as we age. We aim for a  quality of life that is often greater than what our parents…
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Patients maintain clinical benefits 7 years after two-level cervical disc replacement

May 05,2016
CHICAGO — At the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, Todd H. Lanman, MD, FAANS, spoke about the long-term results of a prospective, randomized, controlled multicenter FDA-approved clinical trial of the Prestige LP Cervical Disc (Medtronic) implanted at two adjacent levels. The low-profile titanium ceramic composite-based artificial cervical disc is indicated for single-level cervical disc disease causing nerve or spinal cord compression from C3 to C7, and is pending…
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AGING MANAGEMENT – WHAT WE CONSIDER

March 31,2016
Bone health: Bone health can be improved using vitamin D at least 2000 international units a day with calcium with a minimum of 1200 mg a day. I often recommend particularly the patients in Southern California to markedly increase their vitamin D. These supplements are highly in medical grade and resolvable are provided by me.  I usually prescribe 10,000 units of vitamin D with a bone supplement, which contains calcium,…
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DR. LANMAN’S PERSONAL JOURNEY

March 31,2016
All the areas of the recommendations that I have designed in the treatment of my spine patients were derived from my own personal experience having undergone four spine surgeries over the last 11 years. I am fully functional, I am able to ski, swim, surf, hike, and be fully active in weight training and cardiovascular exercise. I freely admit that I have modified my nutrition in the similar way that…
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THE EFFECTS OF BAD ADVICE

March 31,2016
I see many patients who have been given what I consider to be bad advice. These are the patients who have been told wait until your back is so bad that you have to crawl into the doctor to get your back surgery. This was the advice given to patients who needed hip and knee replacement surgery years ago. We now know that advice is probably bad advice because when…
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