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Video about Advanced Brain surgery by Dr. Rajakumar
Larry from Florida, USA talks about his excellent experience after a complex spine surgery at Wockhardt Hospital,Bangalore. Amongst the few hospitals in Asia equipped with most advanced Neuro-navigation and Endoscopic facilities to perform complex brain and spine neurosurgeries and a vastly experienced team of Neurosurgeons and Neurologists, backed by the most comprehensive neuro-diagnostic and imaging facilities, Wockhardt Hospitals in Bangalore India are now the first choice for non insured self paying US patients. Few hospitals even in US can match the neurological services at this Indian hospital that has latest in diagnostic equipment such as EEG, ENMG, and Video-monitoring, 1.5 Tesla MRI and 64-Slice CT Scan.
Our dedicated state-of-the-art Neurosurgery operation theaters have semi-robotic microscopes, the neuro-navigation facility, cranial and spinal endoscopy, MRI and CT compatible stereotaxy for functional neurosurgery that assist surgeons in attaining precision while conducting complex neurosurgeries
Spinal Fusion Surgery
Spinal fusion surgery takes pressure off of the nerves that are causing pain.
This is done by restoring the alignment of the spine or the space between the vertebrae, and then stabilizing and fusing
the spine. A spinal fusion is when bone grows between the vertebra, stopping
any motion in the area, which reduces pain.
Depending on the condition of the spine, the doctor may use an anterior approach, which means the incision
will be in the abdomen, or a posterior approach, which means the incision
will be in the back. Sometimes the doctor may choose to use a combination of
If the doctor uses a posterior approach,then a pedicle screw system is used to stabilize the spine while it fuses and
heals. The pedicle screw system may be used alone or it can be combined with another stabilizing device.
During surgery, the doctor may relieve the nerve compression by removing
the disc (called a discectomy). The doctor may also relieve pressure on
the nerve by trimming or removing the roof, or lamina, of the vertebra to create
more space for the nerve (called laminectomy).
The doctor then restores the space around the nerves and prepares to stabilize
the spine with the pedicle screw system. There are a number of components
in a pedicle screw system, and the doctor will choose the ones that will work best for your spine.
Using implants made from a titanium alloy that's safe for the human body,
the Zimmer BAK/C Cervical Interbody Fusion System provides stability to the painful region of the neck by fusing the bone above and below
the degenerated disc. In a research study conducted 24 months after the BAK/C
Interbody Fusion System operation, 84% of patients felt relief from neck pain; 80% had less arm pain,
shoulder pain, muscle weakness, and numbness; and 79% experienced improvement in physical and/or mental function. Patient Information - BAK/C Anterior Cervical Interbody Fusion System .
Zimmer BAK Interbody Fusion Systems provide an innovative technique for spinal fusion.
This procedure uses small, threaded cylinders to restore the disc space to or near its original height,
relieving pressure on the nerves. These systems are approved for patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD)
at one or two levels and may be implanted from the second lumbar disc (L2) down to the sacrum. BAK Interbody Fusion Systems - The Complete Interbody Fusion System for the Spine.
Arthritis is a general term that describes many different diseases causing tenderness, pain, swelling, and stiffness of joints as well as abnormalities of various soft tissues of the body. Of the combined term, arthros means a joint and its attachments, and itis means inflammation. Various forms of arthritis affect nearly 50 million Americans and contribute to the majority of all physical disabilities.
Of the several varieties of arthritis, the most common, the most frequently disabling, and often the most painful is osteo- (meaning bone) arthritis, mostly affecting the weight bearing joints (hips and knees) plus the hands, feet and spine. Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease and affects up to 30 million Americans, mostly women and usually those over 45 or 50 years of age.
Osteoarthritis of the spine Spinal arthritis is one of the common causes of back pain. Spinal arthritis is the mechanical breakdown of the cartilage between the aligning facet joints in the back portion (posterior) of the spine that quite often leads to mechanically induced pain. The facet joints (also called vertebral joints or zygophyseal joints) become inflamed and progressive joint degeneration creates more frictional pain. Back motion and flexibility decrease in proportion to the progression of back pain induced while standing, sitting and even walking. Over time, bone spurs (small irregular growths on the bone also called osteophytes) typically form on the facet joints and even around the spinal vertebrae. Bone spurs are also seen as a normal part of aging and do not directly cause pain, but may become so large as to cause irritation or entrapment of nerves passing through spinal structures, and may result in diminished room for the nerves to pass (spinal stenosis). Osteoarthritis in the spine is anatomically divided into:
Lower back (lumbar spine) osteoarthritis, sometimes called lumbosacral arthritis, which produces stiffness and pain in the lower spine and sacroiliac joint (between the spine and pelvis).
Neck (cervical spine) osteoarthritis, sometimes called cervical spondylosis (spondy- implies the spine, and osis is an abnormal condition), which can cause stiffness and pain in the upper spine, neck, shoulders, arms and head.
Causes of osteoarthritis and spinal arthritis
Repetitive trauma to the spine from repetitive strains caused by accidents, surgery, sports injuries, poor posture, or work-related activities are common causes of spinal arthritis. Other known risk factors for developing spinal arthritis include:
Aging: steady and advanced aging of spinal structures, beginning in the 30s, often work-related
Gender: osteoarthritis being more common in post-menopausal women (although below age 45, it is more common in males)
Excess weight: causing more stress on weight-bearing joints and the spine, particularly during the middle age years
Genetics: having a family history of osteoarthritis or congenital defects of joints, spine, or leg abnormalities
Associated diseases: the presence of other associated diseases, infections, diabetes, and various other forms of circulating arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout
Surgery for spinal arthritis
For spinal arthritis, the only effective surgical treatment is spine fusion surgery to stop the motion at the painful joint. Spinal fusion may also be referred to as arthrodesis. Fusion is a surgical technique in which one or more of the vertebrae of the spine are united together (fused) so that motion no longer occurs between them. During spinal fusion surgery bone grafts are placed around the spine during surgery. The body then heals the grafts over several months - similar to healing a fracture - which joins, or welds, the vertebrae together.
When Is Fusion Needed? There are many potential reasons for a surgeon to consider fusing the vertebrae. These include: treatment of a fractured (broken) vertebra; correction of deformity (spinal curves or slippages); elimination of pain from painful motion; treatment of instability; and treatment of some cervical disc herniations.
How Long Will It Take To Recover? The immediate discomfort following spinal fusion is generally greater than with other types of spinal surgeries. Fortunately, there are excellent methods of postoperative pain control available, including oral pain medications and intravenous injections. Another option is a patient-controlled postoperative pain control pump. With this technique, the patient presses a button that delivers a predetermined amount of narcotic pain medication through an intravenous line. This device is frequently used for the first few days following surgery.
Recovery following fusion surgery is generally longer than for other types of spinal surgery. Patients generally stay in the hospital for three or four days, but a longer stay after more extensive surgery is not uncommon. A short stay in a rehabilitation unit after release from the hospital is often recommended for patients who had extensive surgery, or for elderly or debilitated patients.
The decision whether or not to undergo spinal fusion is complex and involves many factors related to the condition being treated, the age and health of the patient, and the patients anticipated level of function following surgery. This decision must therefore be made carefully and should be discussed thoroughly with your surgeon.
Osteoarthritis (OA) also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease. This is also called as "arthrosis" or "osteoarthrosis". This is a condition in which low-grade inflammation results in pain in the joints, caused by wearing of the cartilage that covers and acts as a cushion inside joints. As the bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, the patient experiences pain upon weight bearing, including walking and standing. Due to decreased movement because of the pain, regional muscles may atrophy, and ligaments may become more lax. OA is the most common form of arthritis.
Spine Surgery and Medical Tourism
Medical tourism is a viable option for people requiring low cost high quality spine procedures. A spine fusion surgery tagged at over $45,000 in the US can be had for as low as 20% of that price at a JCI accredited hospital in India. Other benefits of seeking spine treatment abroad include immediate access to care. This is especially beneficial for those in Canada and the UK who have to wait excessively before they can get the treatment they need. High quality of care is assured by Healthbase as we work mainly with those international hospitals that have international accreditations like JCI, JCAHO, ISO, etc. We connect you to the best hospitals and best doctors overseas. Our international hospital partners are present in India, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Turkey, Belgium, Hungary, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Mexico and USA. Our international partner hospitals have access to state-of-the-art technologies and modern equipments and our partner spine surgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons have been educated or trained in the US, UK, Europe, etc. Some examples of our world-class partner hospitals include Wockhardt Hospitals and Wooridul Spine Hospital.
Healthbase has helped several spine surgery patients get various spinal treatments overseas including spine decompression surgery with fusion and instrumentation, lumbar discectomy, etc. In general, any spine procedure where the patient is not in the hospital emergency room at the time the procedure is needed can be considered for medical tourism.
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Bone graft: there are two kinds of bone grafts. Autograft bone is bone that is harvested from one place in a person and then transplanted to another location in the same person. Allograft bone is bone donated from one person and harvested, processed, stored and then transplanted to another person.
Degenerative disc disease (DDD): loss of elasticity and flexibility of the disc. Although it can happen quickly, most DDD develops over time due to use or misuse.
Disc: a fluid-filled, jelly-like cushion between the vertebrae of the spine. Each disc is identified by the vertebrae that surround it. For example, the L4-5 disc is the disc between the L4 and L5 vertebrae.
Discectomy: a surgical procedure that involves removing damaged disc material from between the vertebrae.
Fusion: the joining or healing of bones.
Incision: a cut made through the skin and into the body during surgery.
Laminectomy: a surgical procedure that relieves pressure on the spinal nerves by trimming or removing the lamina (roof) of the vertebra to create more space.
Pedicle: a stem-like area on the back of the vertebra that connects the main part of the vertebra to the structures (e.g. the lamina) that project from it. Each vertebra has two pedicles.
Pedicle screw system: a system of screws and rods that holds the vertebrae stable until fusion occurs.
Scoliosis: a condition in which there is a sideways curve to the spine. Spinal fusion surgery: a procedure to restore and maintain the space between the vertebrae by stabilizing the bones until they can grow together.
Spine: the bony column from the base of the skull to the tailbone. The structure is made up of vertebrae and contains five regions: the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum and coccyx.
Stenosis: a general term used to describe a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and presses on the nerve. Spinal stenosis can be cervical spinal stenosis (cervical stenosis) which is the stenosis of the neck, or lumbar spinal stenosis (lumbar stenosis) which is the stenosis of the back.
Vertebra (Vertebrae): one of 33 bones that form the spine. Each vertebra is identified by number within its region of the spine. For example, L1 is the first
vertebra in the lumbar region.
Bulging disc: The intervertebral disc may lose water and dry out as a result of aging causing the disc to compress and lead to the deterioration of the tough outer ring allowing the nucleus, or the inside of the ring, to bulge out. This condition is called a bulging disc. When the bulge occurs in the lower back, it is called bulging lumbar disc.
Herniated disc (Herniated disk): Herniated disc is a condition in which there is a slipped disc or ruptured disc in the neck (ruptured cervical disc) or lower back (ruptured lumbar disc). It occurs when all or part of the soft center of a spinal disc is forced through a weakened part of the disc. Herniated disc is a common source of pain in the neck, lower back, arms, or legs.
Lumbar osteoarthritis: Arthritis or osteoarthritis in the lumbar region of the spinal cord is called lumbar osteoarthritis or lumbar spine osteoarthritis and may result from abnormal stresses to the lower back or due to another cause.
Spine injury: Spine injury, spinal injury, spinal cord injury or spinal cord trauma is damage to the spinal cord. It may result from direct injury to the cord itself or indirectly from damage to surrounding bones, soft tissues, and blood vessels. A spinal cord injury is very serious as it can cause paralysis below the site of the injury. Depending upon the location of the injury, it may be either cervical spine injury (near the neck) or thoracic spine injury (chest-level).
Spine fracture: Spine fracture is a serious injury to one or more bones of the spinal column and is usually caused by high-energy trauma such as a car crash, fall, sports accident, or violent act (for example, a gunshot wound). Depending on the site affected, the spinal fracture may be cervical fracture / cervical spine fracture (neck), thoracic fracture / thoracic spine fracture (middle back) or lumbar fracture / lumbar spine fracture (lower back).
Spondylosis: Spondylosis is spinal degeneration and deformity of the joints of two or more vertebrae that commonly occurs with aging. If vertebrae of the neck are involved it is labeled cervical spondylosis. Lower back spondylosis is labeled lumbar spondylosis.
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