Dr. Charles Walker, Precision Spine Care’s clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist, discusses a serious condition that many face over the winter months — Seasonal Affective Disorder. According to the American Psychiatric Association, "Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression also known as SAD, seasonal depression or winter depression. People with SAD experience mood changes and symptoms similar to depression. The symptoms usually occur during the fall and winter months when there is less sunlight and usually improve with the arrival of spring. The most difficult months for people with SAD in the U.S. tend to be January and February." More from KETK.
Dr. Austin Harper, Board Certified in Anesthesiologist, was featured on Tyler's NBC affiliate KETK to discuss the chronic pain you might be facing this holiday season. Watch Dr. Harper below, or visit KETK.
Precision Spine Care's Dr. Andy Redmond, a Board Certified Neurological Surgeon, recently completed a clinical trail with colleagues within the healthcare industry to test the results of a new minimally invasive surgical approach. This new surgery focuses on dysfunction within the sacroiliac joint, commonly referred to the SI Joint. The SI Joint, located at the top of the pelvis where the spine connects to the wing-shaped area of the pelvis, can become damaged, leading to pain and discomfort often referred to SI joint dysfunction.
The clinical trial study tested “long-term safety and effectiveness of minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion” using triangular titanium implants. The study spans 5 years and found that “satisfaction rates were high and the proportion of subjects taking opioids decreased from 77% at baseline to 41% at 5-year follow-up” after the minimally invasive surgery. To read more about these findings, please see: Long-Term Prospective Clinical And Radiographic Outcomes After Minimally Invasive Lateral Transiliac Sacroiliac Joint Fusion Using Triangular Titanium Implants.
Precision Spine Care's Dr. Aaron Calodney presented the results of a new medical study last week at the North American Neuromodulation Society meeting in Las Vegas. Dr. Calodney served as a Study Investigator for the SURF randomized clinical trial of a wirelessly powered Spinal Cord Stimulator. “The SURF RCT study, a prospective, randomized, multi-center clinical trial was the first ever pivotal study conducted utilizing a wirelessly powered Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) system comparing a variety of waveform options without a separate trialing device,” according to Stimwave Technologies, the company behind the development of the wireless spinal cord stimulator technology.
The FDA is currently reviewing the wireless Spinal Cord Stimulator technology ahead of market clearance. For more on this story, please visit stimwave.com…
Precision Spine Care is pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Gordon, Board certified Neurological Surgeon, and Dr. Aaron Calodney, Board Certified Anesthesiologist, have been recognized as Texas Super Doctors 2018 by Super Doctors®, a national listing of physicians "who have attained a high degree of peer recognition or professional achievement." This is the third consecutive year Dr. Gordon has received the honor or Texas Super Doctor, and the fourth consecutive year for Dr. Calodney.
To be recognized as a Super Doctor®, a physician must go through a rigorous selection process that includes nomination by fellow physicians in their field by asking "If you needed medical care in one of the following specialties, which doctor would you choose?"
Other factors include experience, training, Fellowships, Board Certifications, and other achievements both academically and within their medical field.
Our very own Dr. Aaron Calodney was featured on KYTX CBS19 in a segment discussing the benefits of the innovative Spinal Cord Stimulator HF10 Therapy and how the treatment is helping to heal patients suffering from chronic pain while taking a stand against the opioid epidemic in our country. View the full story here.
Dr. Redmond was honored as the 2018 special guest speaker at the 3rd Annual Prime Minister's Gala in St. Kitts. Dr. Redmond, who grew up in Ottley’s Village, St. Kitts, maintains strong ties to his St. Kitts-Nevis heritage and was recognized for his contributions to the St. Kitts community at the event. Dr. Redmond is a proud lifetime member of the St. Christopher Heritage Society and was instrumental in launching the first MRI service on the island of St. Kitts. He graduated valedictorian of his class at Cayon High School in 1991 and after Sixth Form, he worked for one year as a research assistant at the St. Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation, where he gained a scholarship to pursue studies in the United States.
Congratulations to Dr. Charles R. Gordon and Aaron K. Calodney for being selected to the 2016 Texas Super Doctors® list. This is the result of an extremely thorough nomination process conducted by the national research division of MSP Communications in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The process included independent research, peer nominations, and a Blue Ribbon Panel to review all nominations. Dr. Gordon and Dr. Calodney were part of a select group, approximately five percent of all Texas physicians, of medical professionals to be included in the 2016 Texas Super Doctors® list.
In January 2017 the PSR Study team recognized Precision Spine Care for their ongoing contributions as high performers to the PSR. Precision Spine Care has contributed enrollments and maintained quality data metrics that meet target compliance goals of 80% or greater. In addition, Precision Spine Care has been in the PSR (legacy ISPR) generating long-term follow-up data for over 5 years.
In a new medical research study published by Dove Medical Press on July 13, 2016, Dr. Andy Redmond of Precision Spine Care in Tyler, Texas and other renowned medical professionals aimed to determine the patient outcomes of Sacroiliac joint fusion (SIJF) three or more years after surgery. The research showed that in "intermediate- to long-term follow-up, minimally invasive transiliac SIJF was associated with improved pain, low disability scores, and improved ability to perform activities of daily living."
To view the results of the research, click here.
Or, download the PDF.
For the second consecutive year, Dr. Redmond has been selected as the 2016 Surgeon of the Year by the students at Tyler Junior College. The students have an opportunity to vote at the end of the year for the most outstanding surgeon. The students voted on Dr. Redmond because he was so kind, patient and willing to take time to teach them about the various surgical procedures he currently uses. He was selected for the award in 2015 also. Congrats Dr. Redmond.
On June 6, 2016, Precision's Longview Clinic moved to 5016 Gilmer Road, Longview, TX, map below shows driving locations.
This location is approximately 4 miles North of our former Longview location. Take Gilmer Road North toward Gilmer, through the Spring Hill area. Once you pass George Richey Road, the facility will be approximately 1/2 mile further on the right hand side of the road.
If you have any questions, our phone number will remain the same 903-653-1823
No matter where it hurts or why it hurts, there’s no reason to suffer any more than necessary. All it takes is a phone call. The medical professionals at Precision Spine Care will get you in fast. Get the relief you need by calling Precision Spine Care. Phone: 903-592-6000
TYLER, TX - The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) installed Aaron K. Calodney, MD as its new president at the society’s 18th Annual Meeting in Dallas. The location was especially fitting since Dr. Calodney practices interventional pain management in Tyler, Texas and received much of his training in the Lone Star State. He succeeds Peter S. Staats, MD of New Jersey whose term as ASIPP president ended. Read the complete release, please click here.
During Tyler Junior College's Surgical Technology program, students do clinical rotations through three hospitals in Tyler throughout the year. At the end of the program, students vote on the physician they enjoyed working with best. We are proud to announce that Dr. Andy Redmond received the award this year. We are honored to have such a great doctor on our team!
Dr. Aaron Calodney, was recently named as President-Elect of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians in 2015. To be elected to the Board of Directors is a great honor, and Dr. Calodney deserves the position. He is a great leader in this industry and we are very pleased to have him as part of our team at Precision Spine Care. Congratulations, Dr. Calodney!
Charley Gordon, MD, is a partner with Precision Spine Care in Tyler. He is a neurosurgeon with a special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Gordon is an advocate for spine research. He is one of the founders of Texas Spine and Joint Hospital. Dr. Gordon earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine and completed a fellowship at Medical College of Virginia.
On January 1, 2014 three specialty groups — Precision Spine Care, Dr. Jonathan Blau and Texas Pain — combined their resources to create a regional center of excellence for spine care and pain management under the name Precision Spine Care.
The merger combines the expertise of three fellowship-trained pain specialists within Texas Pain; physical medicine specialist Jonathan Blau, MD; along with three spine-specialized neurosurgeons and a second physical medicine specialist to create a fully comprehensive spine and pain center for the East Texas region in 2014.
With the merger, effective January 1, 2014, Precision Spine Care now includes a multidisciplinary team with two physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) physicians who specialize in the nonsurgical management of back and neck pain; three fellowship-trained pain medicine physicians; and three neurospine surgeons.
The merger enables the group practice to integrate more services for the convenience of the patient including diagnostics, an internal pharmacy, lab services and therapy — all under one roof — so the patient no longer has to drive around town to multiple locations for care, prescriptions, lab tests and therapy.
“Our group decided that to improve the care of spine and pain problems, we needed a team approach that emphasizes non-surgical treatment options before spine surgery,” emphasizes Dr. Charles Gordon. “By having a team of complementary specialists we improve coordination of care among a team of specialists working together for a patient.”
The merger enables the group to position itself as the regional destination for spine and pain across East Texas and Northern Louisiana, explains Dr. Aaron Calodney, pain specialist. “Health care reform presents a huge burden for specialists,” explains Dr. Calodney. “By merging our three complementary practices, we can speed the integration of electronic medical records which tightens the communication about a patient’s case.”
By combining spine and pain specialists, Precision Spine Care now meets the credentialing criteria to be included in SpineCenterNetwork.com — the only national listing of credentialed spine centers. This accolade makes Precision Spine Care one of only two spine centers in the State of Texas to meet the credentialing criteria of having board-certified spine surgeons; physical medicine physicians; spine therapists; an emphasis on non-surgical capabilities; and report clinical outcomes.
“Our three specialty groups have always worked together on patient cases” adds Dr. Jonathan Blau, physical medicine specialist who provides care of back and neck pain, including spinal injections. “This merger helps us improve patient care and achieve efficiencies and economies of scale. We will also be able to improve feedback to the primary care physicians who refer us patients from across East Texas.”
The merger will also improve communication with payors. “In 2014, Precision Spine Care will track clinical outcomes, from use of pills, patient satisfaction, and return to function with the goal of publishing a clinical outcome report card for employers and health insurance plans,” adds Dr. Gordon. “We have already begun incorporating nonsurgical treatment options and prescribing home exercise programs. This along with the capabilities of internal diagnostics and injection therapy, as well as a new internal pharmacy and lab, really presents some exciting advances for 2014.”
Patients needing prescriptions and refills for for their pain medication will also benefit from a new internal lab at Precision Spine Care that can perform the necessary urinalysis screens required by state authorities for pain medications before refills can be prescribed. This lab technology speeds the time involved to refilling a patient’s prescription.
What makes Precision Spine Care different from other spine centers is its nonsurgical approach to back and neck problems. For instance, many practices that are limited to spine surgeons are naturally biased toward the use of spine surgery. At Precision Spine Care, however, there are two physical medicine MDs who specialize in finding nonsurgical treatment options for many patients.
Under one roof Precision Spine Care has the ability to perform X-rays, MRI, injection therapy, and EMGs. Because we provide all the necessary diagnostic testing and treatment in one place, we eliminate the need for multiple referrals, delayed care and overall confusion.
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