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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.
For many people suffering from back pain, their life has been put on hold. Some of life’s everyday activities are much more difficult or simply impossible to accomplish. This is no way to live, and there are solutions for these conditions that should be taken into consideration before surrendering to a life with limitations and pain medication. While there are many different causes for back pain, the majority of cases are due to disc damage.
There are discs along the spinal column, between each vertebra. In a lot of cases, back pain is being caused by the degeneration or bulging of these discs. A herniated disc may also be the cause. These discs work hard to absorb the shock inflicted on the body. Over time they can begin to wear and ultimately rupture. A back doctor can easily diagnose a bulging, herniated, or degenerated disc, considering the symptoms present and the physical condition of the affected area. A neurovascular examination or a neck examination may also be performed to pinpoint any problem areas.
It’s important to remember that there are several possible causes for back pain. In some cases, the problem isn’t physical at all. There are many psychosocial factors that can contribute to chronic back pain, also. Emotional stress can affect the sensitivity of the spinal cord, determining how much pain is perceived. In cases like these, other treatment options are available. Continue reading
Traditional medicine has long been said to treat underlying symptoms of a disease process or illness. Alternative medicine has a great focus on preventative therapies. If a person becomes ill with any number of things alternative medicine will help to jump start that person’s immunity for quicker healing. Alternative therapy believes that if the body is fed the right nutrients every day then vital organs are going to be fed right for ultimatum functioning every day to help ward off these diseases and illnesses. Many cases warrant an examination by a surgeon, such as spinal problems, that no traditional or alternate therapy will help.
Traditional medicine will prescribe pain medication, for example if someone is having back pain. The problem is that while the pain is generally eliminated the problem still exists. The pain medication works, but when the medication wears off the patient back to square one again, needing more pain medication in order to function near normal. Spine pain is serious and must be first checked out by a spinal surgeon. Continue reading
The patient needs a diagnosis that will confirm the need for any spinal problems before a doctor determines what type of surgery is necessary. Lumbar stenosis is a condition of the spine that requires many tests and it is a complex decision for any surgeon to take on as a step in curing a patient with pain in their lower back. There are increased risks for complications when you are about to have this type of surgery done. The doctors often will recommend invasive surgery that can be very effective in preventing pain in your lower back, known as complex spinal fusion Lumbar stenosis. A proven fact is that life threatening results from invasive surgery increased from 2.3% to about 5%.
There are now new surgical devices that are being used when necessary to help a patient who has constant back pain. It seems that the data behind this type of surgery is not conclusive enough to determine why many doctors are doing surgery on a patient to relieve them from their back pain. Continue reading
The words “Spine Surgery” can be scary to hear. The truth is that back and neck surgery has come a long way medically. Minimally Invasive surgery offers amazing results: smaller incisions, short hospital stays (many patients go home the same day), and fast recovery.
It is very important to research all the options for minimally invasive spine surgery in Tempe. At the Spine Center, we would be happy to answer any of your questions and concerns. We encourage our patients to bring family members to their initial appointments. Dr. Siddiqui will address and explain any condition to make sure that the patient is aware of all treatment options.