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Disc hernia: new data in its treatment

In recent years, spinal surgery has made tremendous progressUntil recently, or even at the present time, when a patient learned that they needed back surgery, they experienced great fear and uncertainty. Everyone has a friend, acquaintance or neighbor who, after a back surgery for a herniated disc, suffered for a long time, did not solve their problem, or was in even worse pain. Most of course got better, but not for some time after the operation.

Percutaneous Lumbar Decompression

Today this belief is beginning to change and this is only the beginning. Because the most modern technique of waist restoration has come to Greece: Η Percutaneous Lumbar Decompression. The method has all the advantages of surgical treatment, i.e. anatomical and functional restoration of the problem. However, is not accompanied by the discomfort, post-operative pain and bed rest, like the well-known normal surgery.

More specifically: any patient who suffers from symptoms of spinal stenosis, almost 10% of the population over 50 years of age, or from lumbar herniated disc, which causes severe symptoms of back pain and sciatica (persistent back and leg pain, often in young people), until now had 2 options: The first option was to take a lot of medication, do physiotherapy and miss days of work and activities whenever he had a pain attack, usually 1-3 times a year. The second option was to go into surgery, often with fear and uncertainty about the final outcome.

But now with Percutaneous Lumbar Decompression, the patient has almost complete recovery, without the risks of open surgery, or the discomfort of constant recurrence and medication.

Not a day in bed

With a few hourshospitalization in the hospital, an incision of a few millimeters is made, which is then seen as a scratch on the skin. The patient does not lose blood and the musculoskeletal system is not injured. From this small opening, everything needed to fully decompress the spinal canal and the nerves that are under pressure is done.

In just a few days, the patient returns to full activity. He doesn’t have to stay in bed for a day. The relief of his symptoms is immediate and noticeable. As patients say, “the leg stretches out, becomes stronger and walking becomes more confident”. Post-operative medication is practically non-existent (small dose of paracetamol).

The problem ceases to exist and all patients resume their daily activities without pain. Younger people go back to work quickly. Older people can walk again as much as they want, so they can take care of their work or visit their friends, without thinking that they cannot walk more than 100-200 metres without being stopped by pain.

The most modern surgical method is not out of reach for anyone. Thanks to it, anyone who does manual work or leads a sedentary life and needs to work for a living can work again. without pain. But even if he is older, he doesn’t isolate himself at home, pining away because he can’t bear to walk down the street. The solution now exists, for everyone!

Ν. Marathi
Director of the Neurosurgery Clinic
Athens Euroclinic

Published in boro.gr

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Spinal cord injuries

Spondylolisthesis, Spine Fractures

Percutaneous spinal fusion, immediate mobilization, without substantial post-operative pain

With the new technique of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, fractures that need surgical stabilization become simpler and less painful. With very small incisions, similar to a laparoscopic operation, the necessary stabilization materials are placed, without substantial blood loss, and the patient is discharged in 2 days. Our experience shows that patients return to their activities pretty quickly, without any pain. Even the possibility of neurological damage caused by the injury is reduced, because these surgeries last less and the muscles, bones, and ligaments are not injured, so the recovery is faster.

Patients who have suffered a fracture or traumatic spondylolisthesis, either from a car accident, falling from a height, from osteoporosis or from a tumor of the spine , are suitable to undergo these surgeries. These surgeries are performed on the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.

Our results are excellent, even in the most complex and “difficult” sort of speak cases, as shown in the following images from our cases:

General information about spinal cord, bone marrow, and nerve injury

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