Dr. Gary Kraus has been practicing Neurosurgery for 16 years, after
completing six years of neurosurgery residency and 1 year of fellowship
performs all types of neurosurgery, including spine, brain, peripheral
nerve surgery, carotid artery surgery, and gamma knife surgery for brain
tumors. He also performs lumbar epidural steroid injections and sacro-iliac
(SI) joint injections, as well as non-surgical treatments for low back and
neck pain. Dr. Gary Kraus has experience in spinal surgery ranging from "straightforward" discectomies to complex spinal fusions,
minimally invasive spine surgery, kyphoplasty, and spinal cord stimulators.
surgically approaches the spine posteriorly as well as anteriorly,
and has performed over 1400 operations on the lumbar spine, and over 1100
operations on the neck. He operates at West Houston Medical Center
and at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospitals. Dr. Gary Kraus has authored numerous peer
reviewed papers in the neurosurgical journals, several chapters in
neurosurgical texts, and has authored a textbook
"Microsurgical Anatomy of the Brain: A Stereo Atlas." He
is co-founder of
www.cyberacuity.com , a company
which produces educational animations, CD's, DVD's, websites, and Palm
Pilot Applications for corporations and physicians. For more extensive information on Dr.
Gary Kraus and his
practice, and to see animations of surgical procedures on the low back and
neck, please visit
www.neurosurgerypa.com . Dr. Kraus is also on the editorial board of
Total Body Magazine, a Health and Fitness Magazine published and
distributed in Houston.
Dr. Gary Kraus is honored to be listed in Best Doctors in America from
Dr. Kraus has been listed as a "Top Doc in Houston, Texas" by H Texas
magazine in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
"In addition, being an avid weight lifter and runner, I have
discovered that there are many options in the treatment of low back and
lower extremity pain. Even though I am a surgeon, I try to
keep surgery as an option for those patients I feel will not benefit from
more conservative care.
I have found, over years of practicing neurosurgery, that certain
non-surgical approaches seem to consistently work better than others.
That is why we have started the Kraus Back and Neck Institute, which is
dedicated to attempting to improve low back and neck pain, and extremity
pain, using the best strategy for the patient. Sometimes this
involves surgery, while at other times, we can achieve good pain relief
without surgery.. Some of the equipment used
are the Accu Spina machines for IDD Therapy. We also have the
dedicated MedX Medical Lumbar and MedX Medical Cervical machines, which
allow isolation of the lumbar and cervical spines, for strengthening and
testing. If these techniques don't
work, we can consider surgical intervention, when needed. As one of my patients succinctly
stated, "we can always cut, but we can't uncut." I find that most
patients appreciate this philosophy, especially if they can achieve
significant improvement in pain without the inconvenience, risk and cost
of an operation.
In addition, much low back and lower extremity pain can be prevented, if one
takes good care of their body. I realize that in these days of
personal stresses, this is sometimes easier said than done, but given the
right guidance, this is certainly "do-able" by each of us.
I often tell my patients that surgery is not the best answer for them.
But that is not the end of the road for them. There are many other
options. I realize that it is difficult for the average
patient suffering from back pain, to make sense of what is available to
him. Even if he/she has the will, information is often scattered and
Thus, the reason for this site. I have teamed with a group of
outstanding individuals, ranging in specialty from physical therapy and
chiropractics, to nutrition and strength training. It is my firm
belief, that through this multidisciplinary approach, we can conquer the
majority of low back and lower extremity pain, and try to prevent the new
onset of pain. Even the most ambitious and resourceful individual will have difficulty sifting through the jungle of information out
there. I sincerely hope this site helps with the understanding and
treatment of low back pain." Gary Kraus, M.D.
Have you seen a specialist, and are confused by either too much or too
little information? Do you have any
personal questions, regarding yourself or a friend? I welcome any
comments, criticisms, and suggestions you may have for yourself or for
Remember, education is the first step to eradicating low back pain.
If you would Dr. Kraus to evaluate your particular situation, please
contact his office at 281-870-9292.
There are three locations (West Houston Medical Center; Memorial
Hermann Memorial City Hospital; Katy Office)in Houston,
Texas. You can also
e mail Dr. Gary Kraus
. Whether you are local to the Houston area, or
are traveling from other areas of the United States, or from abroad, Dr.
Kraus and his office will be happy to help you with your travel arrangements.
Provided is a map for your convenience.
Thank you for your interest in lowback-pain.com.
Gary Kraus, M.D.,
neurosurgeon, Kraus Back and Neck Institute, Neurosurgery,
Medical Director, Neuroscience Center
Medical Director, Gamma Knife Center
West Houston Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Neurosurgery, University
of Texas Medical School
medical staff appointments:
West Houston Medical Center
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital
Spring Branch Medical Center
Dr. Gary Kraus and the LOW BACK TEAM
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