Houston, Texas (PRWEB) March 28, 2012
As the field of spine surgery has advanced tremendously over the past 20 years, so have the options for patients, leading to increasing confusion over which may be the best treatment choice. When it comes to spine surgery, there are usually a number of reasonable solutions, but it is difficult for a patient to make an informed decision because of the complexity of the problem and treatment plans.SPINESURGERY.COM was created with the mission of presenting both surgical and non-surgical treatment options, as well as a description of various spinal conditions, in a very detailed, yet easy to understand manner. Numerous videos and illustrations help to enhance the readers understanding. The site is easily translated into over 30 languages with a feature on the homepage, making this a worldwide educational resource.
According to Gary Kraus, MD, director of Spinesurgery.com, “patients come to see a spine surgeon because they are in pain, or have weakness or other types of neurological damage. Many are in a crisis mode, and scared. That is the worst time for them to become an expert on their condition and treatment options. But they have no choice. Decisions have to be made. Many times, they may not fully understand or later remember what their doctor explains to them during the office visit. Patients use spinesurgery.com as a resource to gain knowledge, and help them to go back to their surgeon with whom they will make the best possible decision.”
Spinesurgery.com is very comprehensive, and is broken down into several broad categories: 1) minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS), 2) traditional spinal surgery options on the lower back and neck for herniated disc 3) non-surgical pain management options, as well as 4) a discussion of different conditions causing pain, such as lumbar disc herniation and cervical disc herniation. There is also an interactive anatomical pain map, which helps users to narrow down potential sources of pain.
“No website can replace the doctor-patient relationship and understanding” Dr. Kraus emphasizes. “The goal of this site is to enhance that relationship. We hope to help the patient understand more about what their doctor is advising them, have them ask better questions, and become a wiser healthcare consumer.”
Gary Kraus, MD, is a neurosurgeon and founder of the Kraus Back and Neck Institute, located in Houston, Texas. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Dr. Kraus is Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Medical School at Houston; Chairman of Neurosurgery at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital; Medical Director of Neuroscience and Gamma Knife at West Houston Medical Center.
Dr. Kraus has been recognized as a “Top Doctor in Houston” by H Texas magazine from 2007 through 2012; listed in “Best Doctors in America” for several years; featured by Newsweek magazine among Neurosurgery Leaders in the United States.
Dr. Kraus has authored a Neurosurgery textbook, and numerous chapters and papers in peer reviewed journals.
Dr. Kraus can be contacted at 281-44 NEURO (281-446-3876), and is available for patient consultation and lectures.
Note: spinesurgery.com is intended to be used for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease, and does not replace treatment by a doctor.