New York, NY – April 12, 2016 – According to a new study published today in Surgical Technology International, women opting for breast augmentation will be increasing the impact of strain on their spines by as much as 110 pounds. Women with an increased body mass index (BMI) who experience a weight gain resulting in a larger bust are also victim to developing thoracic spine pain. Additional culprits in further promoting the damage include poor posture, which may magnify or worsen the problem, incorrectly sized bras, and the natural bone weakening effects overtime.

Often women going in for plastic surgery don’t give consideration as to how the additional added weight will affect their spines. Vice versa, a breast reduction of a naturally fuller bust can often help to alleviate pressure off the spine. According to Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj, New York Orthopedic Surgeon and author of Keys to an Amazing Life: Secrets of the Cervical Spine, maintaining a healthy weight, strong core, and good posture along with wearing a well-fitted bra will be key in helping women combat spine strain.

“With plastic surgery now being widely accessible to consumers, women are more commonly looking to either increase or decrease their breast size, but aren’t giving enough consideration to the impact the change will make on the physical health of their spines,” said Dr. Ken.

Dr. Ken analyzed the data gathered through the study and shared that the magnitude of the forces generated by the breast to the thoracic spine ranged between 9 pounds of force for underwire size 30 to an astounding 110 pounds of force for underwire size 60. He went on to add that this information suggests that the deformations, stresses, and reactions of the spine are caused by the amount of weight it must sustain, both weight from the bust and increased body weight.

“It is crucial for women to maintain a good posture, wear a fitted bra, and understand the impact increasing the bust size can have on physical health; an increase by a mere letter size, for instance, an average 36 cup, can mean as much as 10 extra pounds of weight on the spine,” shared Dr. Ken.

About Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj:

Dr. Kenneth Hansraj is a premier spinal surgeon operating in the United States. His patients include famous directors, athletes, actors, global CEOs, CIOs, government leaders and entrepreneurs. He is the Chief of Spine Surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabililitation Medicine.

On the forefront of spinal surgery with stem cell usage in spine surgery, bloodless spine surgery, minimally invasive approaches when possible, advanced bone grafting techniques using spinal navigation to assess instrumentation placement, modern operating tables and nerve monitoring during spine surgery, Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj is a spinal and orthopedic surgeon specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar procedures for example laminectomies and spinal fusions.

Dr. Hansraj is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Board recertified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified by the American Board of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine and Surgery, and Board Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Following the completion of his general surgery and orthopedic surgery residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital and King/Drew Medical Center, (during which he completed a Fellowship in Orthopedic Biomechanics at The Hospital for Special Surgery, NY), Dr. Hansraj held a Fellowship at the California Center for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and a Fellowship in Spinal and Scoliosis Surgery at The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York.

Dr. Hansraj was inspired to dedicate his life to surgery early on while observing in the operating theaters of Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY with cardiothoracic surgeons Drs. Arisan Ergin and Randall Griepp at just 16 years of age. He earned his medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia in 1987 after obtaining graduate studies in biological sciences from Columbia University, New York and an undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.

He selected spinal surgery as a sub-specialization in orthopedic surgery because it was uncharted territory at the time in contrast to other forms of more traditional orthopedic procedures including joint replacement. Dr. Hansraj wanted to be at the forefront of a new, exciting and challenging chapter in medicine and contribute to the shape of the overall future of spinal health and well-being.

Today, with more than two decades of surgical experience, Dr. Hansraj has seen and treated more than 30,000 patients, and has come to recognize and promote the critical importance of the spine as it relates to overall physical and mental well-being.



Dr. Ken Hansraj Chief of Spine Surgery New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine