In modern surgery, with the help of technology and the accumulation of experience, new methods have been developed, which help surgeons perform operations that in the past were particularly traumatic, with minimal risk of surgical trauma. A typical example is spine surgeries, such as spinal fusion.
Percutaneous spine surgeries significantly reduce patients’ discomfort, pain, risks and hospitalization time. Thus, even the largest spinal fusion does not mean that the patient is required to stay in bed. Patients with spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, lumbar spondylosis, and vertebral fractures after injury can move without pain within a few days and are discharged from the hospital in 2-3 days. This is because neither the back muscles nor the bones and ligaments are injured, so the pain is comparatively minimal. The need for blood transfusions during spinal fusion surgeries is practically zero.
All open spinal fusions can be replaced by percutaneous ones, with the mere exception of surgeries to repair scoliosis. The time of full functional recovery is dramatically reduced by reducing the cost of health expenditures at individual and national level.
Microdiscectomyis a case of day care, while the incision in the skin is less than 2 cm. The patients do not even have to spend the night in the hospital. Thus,recovery is accelated and they are able to return to their activities.
Percutaneous kyphoplasty , for the repair of vertebral fractures (eg from osteoporosis), is also performed with daily hospitalization and immediate mobilization and relief of the patient.
These methods utilize technologies such as robotic navigation, neuronavigation, surgical microscope and endoscope, as well as a number of advanced surgical tools and equipment , such as the ultrasonic osteotomy. Surgeons who know these techniques, can offer patients the surgical care of the 21st century in Greece , with the exact same quality characteristics as in the most advanced medical countries in the world.