Monday, 31 August 2015

Back Pain Sufferers treated by Laser Surgery Breakthrough

An innovation, a laser procedure that help patients with herniated disks find more relief than those who have traditional back surgery, a top pain expert says. Herniated disks, a degeneration of cushiony tissue between spinal bones, can cause too much pain and limb numbness. It is a common problem that often comes with aging.

Conventionally, open back surgery was executed to remove the disk. However, minimally invasive procedures have been recognized popularly, says Sukdeb Datta, M.D., medical director of the Datta Endoscope Back Surgery and Pain Center, which operates 10 offices in New York and New Jersey. Minimally invasive procedures are superior to back surgery for several reasons, Dr. Datta told Newsmax Health. They are less painful, have need of less recovery time, and are less likely to interrupt nerves in the foramina, the canals that hold the nerves in the spinal column. 

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

5 Key Points on Global Spine Surgery Device Market seeing Double-Digit Growth

Modernization, clinical developments and economics all of these add to the growing spine surgery device market, according to a MedMarket Diligence report, "Global Market for Medical Device Technologies in Spine Surgery, 2014-2021."

Here are five key points:

1. The global device market for cervical fusion, thoracolumbar implants, MIS spine fusion, interbody fusion and orthobiologics increases in at $9.7 billion.

2. Improved knowledge of spinal biomechanics, growth in spinal instrumentation devices, advancement in bone fusion techniques, more anterior approaches to the spine and the development of minimally invasive methods and robotics have all added to the growing spine surgery device market over the last few decades.

3. Because of these progress, every segment of the spine can now be alleviated.

4. Spine fusion is leading the market as the fastest growing sector.

5. The Asia-Pacific and Central/Latin America areas are subjected to the fastest growth in spine surgery, with spine fusion growth in these areas in the double-digits.

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Monday, 24 August 2015

New Incision Closure that eliminates infection after Scoliosis surgery

There’s a new procedure of closing incisions in patients that after spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis approximately eliminated infections following the procedure in a test group, researchers reported in a new study. Scoliosis is an ailment that causes a c- or s-shaped curve in the spine. It is often treated with spinal fusion surgery that consist of fusing steel rods or other devices to straighten and support the spine.
This new technique involves using a flap of skin by assisting doctors to eliminate dead space around the surgical work where infection can grow and be responsible for a better barrier while the body is healing. During the test researchers compared records of 76 patients who were between the ages of 8 and 25 and had scoliosis surgery.

All of the patients had non-idiopathic scoliosis, a type caused by an underlying disease or condition and is often more susceptible to infection. Of the 42 patients who had the conventional procedure, 19 percent had some type of wound problem which is about the number normally expected with this surgery, researchers said. In the group who had the new method on the other hand, there were no complications or infections. 

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Facts about Doctor Choll Kim of SIOSD

Dr. Choll Kim graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School and completed his fellowship training in complex spine surgery at the Mayo Clinic. He is board certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is nationwide known expert in the modern field of computer-assisted minimally invasive spine surgery. He has trained specialists throughout the country on the safe and effective application of state-of-the-art techniques using image guidance and navigation technologies. 

Dr. Kim make use of a comprehensive choice of minimally invasive treatments to effectively treat all characteristics of complex spinal disorders, including spinal stenosis, spinal deformities (such as scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, and kyphosis), traumatic injuries, tumors, and infections throughout the entire spine from the neck to the low back. A leader in his field, Dr. Kim is the founder of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS), director of the Minimally Invasive Spine Center at Alvarado Hospital and associate clinical professor at UCSD. He is a Qualified Medical Evaluator and a past voting member of the FDA Orthopedic Devices Panel which reviews all new spinal technologies. Additionally, Dr. Kim is an active member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and past-president of the San Diego Chapter of the Western Orthopaedic Association.

To know more about Dr. Choll Kim and his videos visit this link:

Watch his Video about O-arm® Technology: How Does It Reduce Spine Revision Surgeries?

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Back Pain Quick Relief by Stretching Your Hip Flexors

Low-back pain is now afflicting the nation! And if you bike, run, or sit too much, constricted hips could be adding to the pain around your spine. A major hip flexor muscle, the psoas, not only pulls the thigh toward the abdomen, but is also involved to the five lowest vertebrae of the spine. When the psoas shortens and tightens from activities like sprinting or cycling, it can pull on the vertebrae, generating a sensation of tightness in the low back. The good news is that stretching out the hip flexors can relieve a lot of lower back pain. Once you are warmed up, and after every workout, you should stretch your psoas. 

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