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Dr. Hunter at the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) 22nd Annual Meeting

NANS 2019 was an extremely exciting meeting.  The future is bright for pain management has newer and better technologies for treating chronic pain continue to be created to give doctor improved tools to offer to our patients and these innovations were all showcased at this year's meeting.  Much of the innovation in the field seems to be centered on finding different and unique ways to manipulate the nervous system to respond in different ways to meet a given need - whether it be Parkinson's Disease, incontinence, tremors, movement disorders, pelvic pain, amputee pain, headaches or neuropathic foot pain. One of the highlights from the conference was something called "closed loop stimulation" by Saluda.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime discovery that allows doctors to communicate with the spinal cord and literally see what it is "saying" to the brain...its basically like an EKG…

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Enjoy This Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Recipe

The right diet can help reduce chronic inflammation and pain.  This recipe contains anti-inflammatory foods that are also delicious! Recipe Courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette Yield:  6 servings Total 3 hr 15 min Ingredients: 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 (4 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces (giblets, neck and backbone reserved for another use) 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves Directions: Whisk the vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper in small bowl to blend.  Combine the vinaigrette and chicken pieces in a large resealable plastic bag; seal the bag and toss to coat.  Refrigerate, turning the chicken pieces…

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Dr. Hunter is Elected to the Board of Director for the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)

Dr. Hunter was elected to the Board of Directors of the prestigious North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) Dr. Hunter has joined the ranks of some of THE most prestigious pain doctors in the country with this latest achievement.  Dr. Hunter was appointed to the board after winning an election by his peers this last January of 2018.  He will begin his 2-year term as a Director-at-Large for NANS immediately following the annual meeting in Las Vegas.  Dr. Hunter has been working very closely with and for NANS for the last several years, particularly on the Advocacy and Policy Board were he has been serving as a delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Drs. Hunter & Lee Implant the First DRG Stimulator in the United States

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First DRG Stimulator Implant in the Country Performed in New York City! On April 8th, 2016, the Ainsworth Institute made medical history: Drs. Hunter and Lee implanted the very first DRG Stimulator in the entire country - right here in New York.  The procedure took record time and the patient was discharged home just a few hours after the procedure was completed. The patient had been living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) for years after a work-related accident.  Her previous pain doctor implanted her a traditional spinal cord stimulator several years prior which helped control her pain to a modest degree; however she was living with constant pain and had trouble sitting down or even walking.  In 2015, she was referred to the Ainsworth Institute to see if further treatment could be recommended for her.  Luckily, our doctors are part of…

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The Truth About Laser Spine Surgery

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Laser spine surgery can be summed up in one word – hoax. There is a perception by the general public that lasers are modern or even futuristic. Dating back to the 1960’s people were obsessed with lasers. Whether it be Auric Goldfinger using it as a hi-tech weapon to try and kill James Bond in 1964 or Val Kilmer designing a prototype for the military in 1985 – the American public has viewed lasers as the penultimate in science and technology. It would only seem natural that if one were to “apply” lasers to medicine, the public would find that application equally as futuristic, regardless of whether that use was real or just more movie special effects. Dr. Theodore H. Mainan, the researcher who first constructed the optical laser in 1960, said it was “the solution in search of a…

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Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Spinal Cord Stimulation Comes to NYC

The Ainsworth Institute is one of just 26 sites in the nation selected to start performing the cutting-edge technology! DRG Stimulation is a variation of traditional spinal cord stimulation.  The difference is that the leads are a fraction of the size and are placed directly over the individual nerves of the spine, more specifically, the small structures that house the neurons themselves - the Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG).  The ACCURATE study (an FDA-approved clinical trial performed by leading pain physicians in the United States) was completed in 2015 and the results were presented at the North American Neuromodulation Society meeting in the same year.  The results were impressive to say the least!  It showed DRG was superior in almost way to traditional stimulation with better success rates and better overall pain relief. Dr. Hunter has been selected as one of the…

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Dr. Hunter performs first Invisible Trial in New York

Dr. Hunter just performed the first Invisible Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) Trial in the state of New York! The Invisible Trial system was developed by St Jude Medical and presents a major leap forward for the technology.  This device interfaces with Apple devices allowing patients the ability to control their pain relief with the touch of a finger.  What's even more impressive is the trial is totally wireless!  Read more about the Invisible Trial System...

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Drs. Hunter and Lee present at the joint New York and New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (NYSIPP/NJSIPP)

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Drs. Hunter and Lee presented at the joint meeting of the New York and New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (NYSIPP & NJSIPP).  Dr. Hunter lectured on the use of Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) for Pelvic Pain.  Dr. Lee was chosen to train physicians on the use of Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of joint pain.

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