| Our Difference
Spinal problems can significantly
change your life. Patients may lose their jobs and livelihood; at times, the
pressures may be so high that families break up. Fortunately, there are many
types of treatments which are available to try to help those suffering from
Our goal is to try to return our patients to their normal lives without any
invasive/surgical procedures. Fortunately, most back and neck pain can be tolerated
and treated with physical therapy and steroid injections. The small percentage
of our patients who can not live with their pain do opt for surgical treatment.
With the rapid advancement of spinal surgery, many new options are now available.
These options range from the minimally invasive surgeries which can have patients
back to work within a few days to new disc replacement surgery.
What makes us different?
- Our facility only treats spinal problems.
- We are one of the few facilities that offers newly developed minimally
invasive procedures as well as the traditional surgical options .
- We understand that:
- Not every case can be treated the same way [ie, be fixed with a small
- And we offer both minimally invasive as well as traditional options
based on the problem at hand.
- We offer you the same treatment we would offer our own family members:
- We try all non-surgical options first
- If you continue to have problems, we will next offer you the least invasive
- We will offer you the most up to date medical and surgical treatment
which is backed by medical research.
One of the biggest contributing factor to the developement of new spinal surgical
options has been the improvement in the field of optics and fiber optics. Disc
surgeries which used to require removal of muscle attachments, bony structures
and ligaments in order to get to the problem area can now be achieved without
any normal tissue removal.
With the new endoscopic techniques, we are now able to visualize and repair
significant spinal problems through a quarter inch incision with the patients
under local anesthesia. Even fusion surgeries, which used to require up to a
ten inch incision with one or more weeks of hospitalization, can now be done
with two one inch incisions with one to three days of hospitalization. Although
not everyone would be a candidate for the minimally invasive procedure, the
majority of our patients are treated with the minimally invasive techniques
at this time.
Example of the procedure:
A pleasant young lady who has had previous back surgery presented to us with
a new disc herniation at the same level. Her previous microdiscectomy had required
an extended hospital stay because of medical complications with the patient.
She had tried ample physical therapy and injections without any pain relief.
She had been missing work for the past few weeks and was concerned she would
lose her job.
She opted for the endoscopic posterolateral discectomy. Under local anesthesia
[similar to dental work], the discomfort is minimized with the injected numbing
medications. A small camera was placed next to the herniated disc while the
patient was awake; the herniated disc was then removed. The patient felt immediate
significant relief of her pain; the strength in her leg was back to normal,
and she no longer felt any numbness in her legs.* She was able to go home in
a few hours; about 3 months after the procedure, the patient continues to be
pain free and is back to her normal activities.
Another example is a young lady who had severe low back pain. Traditionally,
fusion surgery through very large incisions would be required. With the new
"percutaneous" technique of placement of pedicle screws, we were able
to remove her disc through her abdomen and place screws through four small incisions
in her back. She left the hospital in three days and is now more than 80% improved.*
We have seen many such results. However, spinal surgery does carry significant
risks and should not be taken lightly. Surgery, as minimal as it may be,
should be utilized as the last option.
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*Results do vary depending on the type of disc herniation.