Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX

Relief from Lower Back and Neck Pain

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      At the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI), we specialize
                 in non-surgical as well as surgical treatments
                                of Back and Neck  Pain
     Conservative to Surgical Options: MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SUGERY 
 "Applying Science to the Art of Medicine"                                                  
                 Dr. Kraus is available for Neurosurgery consultation (surgical and non-surgical) in Houston.
                      Offices:  1) West Houston Medical Center
                                    2) Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
                                    3) Katy
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                                            Dr. Kraus is honored to be listed in
                                            "Best Doctors in America" (2001-2008) and
                                             "Top Doctors of Houston, Texas" (2007, 2008, 2009)     

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Surgery of the Lumbar and Cervical Spine

At the Kraus Back and Neck Institute, we perform a large spectrum of surgeries on the lumbar and cervical spine.  Dr. Kraus has operated on over 1400 lumbar spines, and has performed over 1100 cervical fusions.  There are a number of operations which are performed on the lumbar spine.  To better understand these, it is important to understand the difference in symptoms between back pain and leg pain.  Leg pain may be caused by pressure upon a nerve, and can often be cured by taking the pressure off of the nerve.  A typical operation for this would be a discectomy or laminectomy.  Low back pain may be caused by a degenerated disk space, or slight instability in the lumbar spine.  A typical operation to remedy this pain may be a surgical fusion.  These operations attempt to "fix the problem" which is causing the pain.  Sometimes the source of pain cannot be fixed (as in chronic scarring of nerves in the lumbar spine).  Then, an operation to "mask" the pain may be of benefit.  Such an operation may be a spinal cord stimulator or morphine pump.

Initially, conservative approaches are attempted.  There are times when surgery is needed on an elective, urgent or emergent basis.

I am going to have an operation:
what should I expect?

The Operating Room: Dissected


Operative Procedures: Lumbar Spine (Open Techniques and Minimally Invasive Techniques)

Bone Grafting Materials

  • Autograft
  • Allograft
  • Demineralized Bone Matrix (DBM)
    • Grafton
      • Grafton putty
      • Grafton gel
      • Grafton flex
  • Bone Graft Substitute
    • Osteofil Allograft Paste
    • Osteostim
    • ProOsteon
    • Platelet Concentration Collection System (PCCS)
    • Bone Morphogenic Proteins (BMP)


Operative Procedures: Cervical Spine


Dr. Kraus performs surgery of the spine, through open an minimally invasive approaches.  He operates at West Houston Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital.  West Houston Medical Center is conveniently accessed by the WestPark Tollway.  Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital is located at the intersection of I-10 Katy Freeway and Gessner.

If you are traveling from other cities or abroad, please contact Dr. Kraus' office at 281-870-9292, for assistance with travel and hotel arrangements.


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