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Acute paraspinal compartment syndrome following non-spinal orthopedic surgery

A 29-year-old non-smoking man with a BMI of 37 kg/m2 and history of bipolar disease sustained a right subtrochanteric femur fracture and pseudoaneurysm of his right proximal femoral artery after a gunshot in December 2016.


Author Healio | Publish Date December 16, 2021
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Melissa Gilbert reveals details of 'successful' spinal surgery

The "Little House on the Prairie" star shared on Instagram that she underwent spinal surgery after years of injuries.


Author Good Morning America | Publish Date November 23, 2020
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In war, hurricane or pandemic, Dr. Evalina Burger performs medically necessary surgeries

This would not be the first time that Dr. Evalina Burger has hung out a sign that says “Medical Help Available.’’ Caring for people during crisis is ordinary for Burger, an orthopedic surgeon at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. She has repaired blast injuries for refugees fleeing war in Angola, performed the first surgeries for those maimed during Hurricane Katrina and now, during the global pandemic, she is in the operating room doing spine surgeries for those at risk of paralysis or deadly infections.


Author UCHealth | Publish Date April 27, 2020
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Finally, relief for her back pain as medically necessary surgeries resume at UCHealth hospitals

As medically necessary surgeries resume at UCHealth hospitals across Colorado, Lori Hopper is grateful, relieved and excited. For the past year, she has lived with excruciating pain in her lower back – but a medically necessary surgery scheduled Tuesday with renowned spine surgeon Dr. Evalina Burger is aimed to alleviate that pain. Now, Hopper can see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. In recent months, Hopper has tried everything from chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, localized injections, and non-addictive medications. Nothing, however, has worked as a long-term solution.


Author UCHealth | Publish Date April 27, 2020
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University of Colorado implements virtual spine physical exam during COVID-19 pandemic

As a way to limit patient risk of exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS expanded Medicare telehealth coverage, enabling beneficiaries to receive a wider range of health care services from their doctors without having to travel to a health care facility.


Author UCHealth | Publish Date April 24, 2020
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Innovation    Spine

Dr. Evalina Burger Breakthrough Story

She joined the military to get into medicine. She took the hardest jobs. She led a surgery unit at a time when very few women were even performing surgery. She even overcame her own partial paralysis to become one of the nation’s foremost spinal surgeons. Meet Dr. Evalina Burger, Chair of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. This is Breakthrough.


Author CU Anschutz News | Publish Date January 01, 2020
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Spine surgeon leader to know: Dr. Evalina Burger of University of Colorado Spine Center

Evalina Burger, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.


Author Becker's Spine Review | Publish Date January 17, 2019
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Imaging technology helping spine doctors

Spine doctors at University of Colorado are making more accurate decisions about spine surgery thanks to a new piece of imaging technology what it can do and helps plan a more successful surgery.


Author 9News | Publish Date June 28, 2016
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Sport-specific approach facilitates successful return to play after concussion

news outletHealio
Publish DateMay 21, 2022

BOULDER, Colo. - In this video from the International Extreme Sports Medicine Congress, Sherrie L. Ballantine-Talmadge, DO, discussed sport-specific return to play protocols for extreme sports athletes.

“What we have found throughout the years is that – even with diagnosis as well as treatment – we had to make it sport-specific. These athletes developed early brain mapping so that they could spin, twist and turn in a different way than a football player or a soccer player,” she said. “The goal of today was to have people think and take the next step and understand there [are] differences in the way that you [rehabilitate] athletes after concussion, and that you are going to get the best outcome with a sport-specific return.”

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Acute paraspinal compartment syndrome following non-spinal orthopedic surgery

news outletHealio
Publish DateDecember 16, 2021

A 29-year-old non-smoking man with a BMI of 37 kg/m2 and history of bipolar disease sustained a right subtrochanteric femur fracture and pseudoaneurysm of his right proximal femoral artery after a gunshot in December 2016.

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‘Simone’s bravery is teaching us all a lesson,’ Colorado doctor and former gymnast commends Olympian

news outletFOX News
Publish DateJuly 31, 2021

Flips and perfect finishes initially made Biles a role model to so many. However, her latest decisions, prioritizing mental health on the world’s center stage at the Olympics is something sports medicine doctors hope young athletes can learn from.

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Osseointegration Is a Beneficial Solution for Amputees

news outletAAOS
Publish DateMay 11, 2021

In December 2020, the FDA approved the Osseoanchored Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) Implant System—the first implant system in the United States for transfemoral amputees who have difficulty using a conventional prosthesis. OPRA had been previously available and marketed under a humanitarian device exemption (HDE) since 2015.

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