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Smoking Contributes to Back Pain and Ineffective Surgical Treatments
Date:11/18/2009

realized that I wasn't getting any healthier and it was keeping me from healing after surgeries."

Sheree says her lung cancer is gone, but she continues to struggle with disc degeneration. She couldn't stand or sit for any prolonged period of time. Last year, Dr. Karahalios fused four discs in her spine, replaced hardware and implanted a titanium cage around a section of her spine to prevent further compression and to help heal the bone fragments. Her pain has subsided after an inordinate amount of time in physical therapy.

Sheree adds, "Dr. Karahalios said it would be a slower recuperation than after my initial surgery, but I listen carefully to everything he says. Every day, I am grateful to be pain-free."

"Sheree has strength and determination," says Dr. Karahalios. "She was smart to quit smoking because she wasn't healing properly. My advice for everyone is: don't smoke, and if you are smoking now, please quit."

To view the video developed by Dr. Karahalios on back pain and smoking or to order the complimentary "Back on Track" booklet, visit www.dkneuro.com.

About Dr. Karahalios

Dean Karahalios, MD, is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon with over ten years of experience practicing in the Chicago area. Dr. Karahalios specializes in the surgical treatment of back and neck pain and degenerative spine conditions. He is highly experienced using minimally invasive spine surgery, including discectomies and spinal fusion, to treat patients with spine problems. In addition, Dr. Karahalios applies the latest technologies to treat his patients, including the cervical artificial disc for neck and arm pain, the X-STOP for lumbar spinal stenosis, annular repair devices to prevent future disc herniations, as well as the Novalis system to treat tumors of the spine. Dr. Karahalios currently sees patients in Chicago and Vernon Hills,
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