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Dr. John Malonis Presents Free Educational Event: Relief from Lumbar Spinal Stenosis –Finding Your Way Through Treatment Options

Huguley Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce a free seminar for people suffering from the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis.  Orthopaedist John Malonis, M.D., will speak on management and treatment of spinal stenosis on Thursday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Huguley Fitness Center Amphitheater. 

ABOUT LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS

Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is the most common reason for back surgery in people over the age of 65 in the United States.1

LSS is a sometimes painful condition caused by a gradual narrowing of the spinal canal.  This narrowing of the spinal canal can impinge and put pressure on the nerve roots and spinal cord, causing pain and discomfort.  Patients with lumbar spinal stenosis, often notice pain in the buttocks or a “pins and needles” sensation in the thigh or leg that occurs when standing (extension) or walking. The discomfort is usually relieved by bending forward (flexion) or with sitting. In some cases, a patient will complain of leg pain and weakness without having any back pain.

Symptoms often limit self-supporting daily activities, work, social and recreational pursuits. Lack of activity can lead to obesity, depression and general physical deterioration.2

This educational event will help patients understand their disease and how to manage their condition.  LSS patients will understand treatment options including: non-operative therapy, traditional surgery and a new minimally invasive technology.

ABOUT DR. MALONIS

Dr. Malonis, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with almost 20 years' experience, received specialized fellowship training in spine surgery after completing an orthopaedic residency.  He practices with Lonestar Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists, a group of four board-certified orthopaedic physicians with interests in spine, trauma, joint replacement, sports medicine, hand surgery and general orthopaedics.  The physicians share the viewpoint to first seek non-operative solutions for each patient.  Located in Suite 346 of the medical office buildings at Huguley Memorial Medical Center, the physicians have more than 60 years of combined experience in orthopaedic medicine.

A drawing for door prizes, including a Huguley Fitness Center membership, Fort Worth Cats tickets and massages, will be held.  Refreshments will be served.  Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  Call 817-551-2793 to make reservations or learn more about the presentation.

The event is co-sponsored by Medtronic, Inc., the world’s largest independent medical technology company.  Medtronic focuses on developing innovative therapies to improve the lives of those with chronic diseases.

This health seminar is part of the 2009 health lecture series sponsored by Huguley Memorial Medical Center.  In upcoming months, physicians will address cardiovascular health, breast disease, and men’s health issues.

1 Ciol J Am Geriatr Soc 1996

2 Treatment of Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, Agency for Health and Quality 2004