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Traditional back surgery is risky and involves a long recovery period. Many people never get the full mobility back. In recent years, another, better option has become widely known. This is commonly known as endoscopic spine surgery.
Endoscopic back surgery uses specialized video feeds to access damaged areas of the back and perform repairs. Because of the use of an endoscope for visualization, the incisions are smaller. Due to the fact that surrounding tissue does not need damaged, recovery tends to be easier and take less time. Both the smaller incisions and the lack of damage to surrounding tissue mean that, typically, the patient is also in much less pain.
This operation does not require general anesthesia. A much safer process, known as conscious sedation, is often employed. Conscious sedation uses local anesthesia along with IV sedation to put the patient into a low level of sleep. The pre-operative procedures are the same and the patient is still constantly monitored. The IV sedation is given through a pump and medication can be adjusted to keep the patient calm but minimally conscious.
The Arizona Spine Center offers both operative and nonoperative techniques to correct spinal disorders. If surgical care is what you require to correct a spinal curvature, there is a minimally invasive surgery to effectively improve a spinal deformity with speedier recovery time.
Scoliosis Can Greatly Reduce the Quality of Your Life
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that may display itself as a C curve or as an S curve. The greater the severity of the curve, the more it can effect the patient’s mobility and can even cause moderate to severe back pain, and breathing difficulties. The tell-tale signs to look for to detect scoliosis include:
•One shoulder or hip is higher than the other
•The head is off center over the body
•One shoulder blade is more prominent than the other
•Clothes fit tighter on one side than the other
Testing for scoliosis normally occurs in grade school. If a child is detected to have scoliosis, an Arizona spinal surgeon doctor can use various techniques such as bracing, and spine strengthening exercises for instance, to correct the curvature as much as possible, before it can get worse. However, a person can develop scoliosis later on in life, due to a number of reasons, such as poor posture, foot deformities, and uneven hips. The exact cause for scoliosis varies for each person.