Dreal- New Spinal Technique

A new technique called Dreal was developed for posterior unilateral thoracic discectomy.  Dreal is a curved high speed drill that assists in thoracic discectomies.  It removes disc material that can normally be difficult to access, quickly and thoroughly, providing a large clean bony surface for the discectomy.  This reduces removing too much bone and results in a better outcome.

This procedure also allows for the removal of calcified and soft disc fragments without manual maneuvers.  In traditional surgeries, this would require forceful maneuvers done manually by the surgeon, which could manipulate the spinal cord.   By eliminating that, it improves patient outcomes, reduces complication rates and allows for safer treatment of thoracic disc herniations. The design also allows easier, safer access for the surgeon to reduce the chance of trauma, resulting in a better outcome for the patient.  By being able to quickly and precisely remove the bone, operating time is reduced.  This in return reduces complications and/or infection.  

While this is still a fairly new technique and not available in Canada yet, it is available in the US. Contact us for details to find out if you are a candidate for this kind of procedure at 877-344-3544.

 

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Private Spinal Fusion Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery is one of the more common words used to describe newer surgery approaches and techniques. Spine surgeries are not an exception. We even came across ultra-minimally invasive when doing research. Things have definitely moved on in the past few years and spinal fusions are now routinely done on an outpatient basis.

However, the meaning of minimally invasive can be confusing. As we know, any surgery is a bit of a shock to your body. Recovering from surgery can take time.

The recovery from traditional spinal fusion was lengthy and painful. The traditional approach was to make an incision that is 5 to 6 inches long, move the muscles aside so that the surgeon can see the spine. One of the major drawbacks of open surgery is that the pulling of muscle can damage both the muscle and the surrounding soft tissue. Therefore, recovery is lengthy and painful. There is an increased risk of blood loss and infection.

Minimally invasive spine surgery was developed to treat spine issues with less tissue and muscle disruption. Through the use of specialized instrumentation, intraoperative navigation, advanced robotics and microsurgical techniques, surgeons are able to perform many common spinal procedures through very small incisions. These techniques lead to more rapid recovery, shorter hospital stays (often < 24 hours), less pain, lower complication rates, and faster return to work. There is less bleeding, fewer days spent in the hospital (if any) and therefore less risk of infection.

Many spine conditions can now be treated with minimally invasive surgery. Your neurosurgeon will be able to determine if you are a good candidate based on the sources and type of back pain you are experiencing and your diagnostic tests, such as X-ray and MRI.

Health Vantis provides access to no wait spinal fusions in the US. All surgeons are board-certified. Contact us now to find out more details on how you can get better sooner. Toll-Free 877 344 3544

Private Surgery for Spinal Stenosis

The narrowing of the spinal canal is called spinal stenosis. When it occurs, it puts pressure on the nerves inside the canal and causes pain. If you have tried all non-surgical options and the pain persists, surgery may be an option.

One of the surgeries to treat spinal stenosis is called laminectomy. It helps relieve back pain that is caused by nerve pain. The procedure involves removal of the rear portion of one or more spinal bones to create space. Bone spurs or ligaments pressing on the nerves may also be removed. The surgery enlarges the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cords or nerves.

Spinal fusion can also be performed while doing the laminectomy. If both are done at the same time, your recovery will likely be longer.

This is usually an outpatient procedure, however, there could be reasons that require an overnight stay. Light walking is encouraged immediately after your surgery as you can tolerate it. You will have limitations such as bending, twisting or lifting things over 10lbs for at least 6 weeks. After an evaluation by your doctor, you will most likely be released to begin your physical therapy.

One thing to remember is that after you are released from your doctor, your body is still healing inside and out. It may take your insides several months, up to 18 in some cases, to completely heal or fuse together. Being conservative and erring on the side of caution for certain sports or activities should be considered. Always consult your doctor first.

Please give Health Vantis a call Toll-Free at 877-344-3544 or email at info@healthvantis.com if you would like more information or are considering this surgery.