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Rockford Spine Center Doctors Receive Castle Connolly Top Doctors Award
Posted on: September/10/2019
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Rockford Spine Center physicians Michael Roh, M.D., Christopher Sliva, M.D., and Fred Sweet, M.D. were recently recognized with the Castle Connolly Top Doctors award. The doctors have been named to the list for seven years in a row. Only 4%-5% of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor.


Rockford Spine Center continues partnership with Rockford IceHogs medical network
Posted on: September/05/2019
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Rockford Spine Center will continue to serve as a member of the Rockford IceHogs Medical Network for the 2019-2020 season. Michael Roh, M.D., Christopher Sliva, M.D., Fred Sweet, M.D., and Marie Walker, M.D. are members of the secondary medical network as the team’s orthopedic spine specialists.


Rockford teacher celebrates 10th anniversary of successful spine surgery
Posted on: August/29/2019
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It’s been more than a decade since Caroline Kelly Wright was regularly swapping walking for crawling because intense back pain interfered with her ability to stand.


Rockford Spine Center doctors receive Compassionate Doctor recognition from Vitals
Posted on: August/20/2019
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Rockford Spine Center physicians Michael Roh, M.D., Christopher Sliva, M.D., and Fred Sweet, M.D. were recently recognized by Vitals with the Compassionate Doctor Recognition for 2019. This is the ninth consecutive year the physicians have received this award.


Patient's spine surgery journey includes house call via plane
Posted on: August/08/2019
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Beth Goetsch thought of Dr. Fred Sweet immediately when her lower back issues and nerve pain returned nearly 20 years after they’d first met.


Rockford Spine Center Doctors Honored with Patients’ Choice Award
Posted on: July/24/2019
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Rockford Spine Center physicians Michael Roh, M.D., Christopher Sliva, M.D., Fred Sweet, M.D., and Marie Walker, M.D., were recently recognized by Vitals with the prestigious Patient’s Choice Award for 2019. This is the ninth consecutive year all four physicians have received this award.


Spine surgery gives Roscoe woman her life back
Posted on: June/28/2019
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When 63-year-old Roscoe resident Susan Russell experienced back pain so intense that she could no longer get on and off her motorcycle, she knew it was time to seek professional medical treatment.


Growing rods help Wisconsin girl with scoliosis diagnosis
Posted on: June/17/2019
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Dana Horak trusted her instincts about her daughter’s back issue, which started the journey of navigating scoliosis diagnosis and treatment.


Minimally invasive surgery gets Rockford man back to work and family without pain
Posted on: May/23/2019
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Jake Bradt can easily recall when his back pain became a problem and would go on to affect the next two years of his life.


RSC surgeon trains on lower back surgical technique
Posted on: May/21/2019
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Rockford Spine Center’s Dr. Christopher Sliva recently traveled to Seattle for training on a minimally invasive surgical technique to help people suffering from lower back issues.


RSC surgeon speaks on 'game-changer' medication
Posted on: April/16/2019
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Rockford Spine Center’s Dr. Michael Roh recently spoke with physicians at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine about his work with a medication that helps patients better manage post-operative pain.


Barbados woman calls Rockford Spine surgeon a 'godsend' after fixing back pain
Posted on: April/07/2019
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A back injury derailed Cynthia Jemmott’s quality of life in Barbados with no hope of improvement for several years.


Father gets back to living, free from spine pain and opioids
Posted on: April/05/2019
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Zeb Lappin easily recalls the day his back went out – Oct. 13, 2013. He was working out doing squats when something happened that caused excruciating pain.


RSC doctor flies plane to Canada to help CEO with back injury
Posted on: April/05/2019
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Jeff Kaney’s business is aerospace but he never expected an airplane ride to be crucial to his recovery from a back injury.


Back on the slopes after minimally invasive surgery
Posted on: April/03/2019
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Kevin Finnegan loves to exercise. For many years, he enjoyed weight-training along with a full range of sporting activities. His back periodically would bother him, which he attributed to poor form while lifting weights. But five years ago, in the middle of a tennis game, he found himself having intense pain in the back, buttock and leg.


Surgery Publication Highlights Work of Dr. Fred Sweet
Posted on: December/05/2018
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Rockford Spine Center’s Dr. Fred Sweet was the senior author on an important study about antibiotic use during surgery, a writeup of which recently appeared in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.


Rockford Spine Center Continues Partnership with Rockford IceHogs Medical Network
Posted on: November/21/2018
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Rockford Spine Center will continue to serve as a member of the Rockford IceHogs Medical Network for the 2018-2019 season. Dr. Michael Roh, Dr. Christopher Sliva and Dr. Fred Sweet are members of the secondary medical network as the team’s orthopedic spine specialists.


A Rockford Spine Center first: Patient recovers from back surgery with non-opioid pain plan
Posted on: November/20/2018
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John Frana knows health care, and when he needed back surgery, he looked to Rockford Spine Center to help him develop a recovery plan that didn’t include the use of opioid pain medication.

Frana, 73, is a longtime national consultant for community health centers as president of theFranaGroup in Rockford. He was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease about three years ago and sought out four opinions about his condition. Frana did the research because if surgery was necessary, he only wanted it done once.


RSC team learns new 'cutting-edge' techniques at event
Posted on: November/06/2018
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Rockford Spine Center’s Dr. Michael Roh and Physician Assistant Matt Schwabero recently attended a spine medical education conference entitled “Skull to Sacrum” in New York City.

The conference covered a wide array of advanced spine surgical topics and techniques pertaining to the entirety of the spinal column. Rockford Spine Center’s surgeons frequently travel for educational events, and to observe and teach surgeries, in order to improve the quality care delivered in Rockford.


Rockford Spine Center celebrates 15th anniversary
Posted on: September/13/2018
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When Rockford Spine Center opened its doors in the summer of 2003, comparisons could have easily been drawn to “The Little Engine That Could.”

The goal was ambitious: to create a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, world-class center of excellence to provide top-notch and cutting edge spinal care to an area that was desperately in need of one. 


Scoliosis surgery corrects severely tilting spine for Rockford teen
Posted on: June/28/2018
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Spine surgery didn’t stop Taryn Burress from wearing a backless dress to prom just months after having the procedure to correct her scoliosis.


RSC's Dr. Fred Sweet educates surgeon group in Boston
Posted on: March/31/2018
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Rockford Spine Center’s Dr. Fred Sweet recently traveled to Massachusetts as an invited Professor at the winter meeting of the New England Spine Study Group to speak about his work with spinal deformity patients and a unique surgical technique he developed.


Neck surgery improves pain for Rockford accountant
Posted on: February/08/2018
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To fix his back problems, local Rockford accountant Dan Loescher had to refocus his attention from the pain in his lower back to his neck.


Sterling woman battles more than just arthritis diagnosis
Posted on: January/24/2018
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Nancy Lauritzen built up a high tolerance for the neck pain that plagued her for years, which proved useful when she had to battle insurance to approve surgery at Rockford Spine Center.


RSC’s Dr. Michael Roh learns from mentor on complex spine surgery
Posted on: October/24/2017
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Observing complex surgeries for continued education is one of the many ways Rockford Spine Center’s surgeons remain committed to providing the highest-quality, patient-centered care.


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