If you are dealing with Neck or back pain, then you know that treatment can be a difficult and sometimes unsuccessful process.
Luckily, with new breakthroughs in treatment for back pain, traditional and invasive spinal operations are becoming a thing of the past. The breakthrough? An outpatient, minimally-invasive ultrasound surgery that doesn't include fusing the spine.
Sonospine is taking spinal care to a whole new level.
According to sonospinesurgery.com, "Ultrasonic tools used in minimally invasive spine surgery are able to remove specifically targeted structures on a microscopic level. This means the problem tissue or bone is targeted while nerves are spared. With minimal collateral damage, bleeding is reduced, nerves are more fully decompressed, and patients recover quickly and more fully than in traditional minimally invasive surgeries.
Dr. Dilantha Ellegala, a spinal surgeon with the company, describes this new technique as a way to decompress the patient's nerves, relieve their pain, and improve their symptoms without creating so much instability that they would have to fuse the spine.
"This ultrasonic technology, along with the technique, allows us to decompress the nerves without destabilizing the spine. It allows us to avoid spinal fusion," Ellegala says.
He explains that "once you have your spine 'fused', especially in the lower back or the neck, it takes about three months for that bone to fuse." This means that patients are unable to fully participate in functional activities for at least that length of time.
Ellegala also notes that fusing your spine can put more stress on the levels above and below the area of treatment, and this can lead to adjacent segment disease. With this being a possibility, he strongly suggests avoiding a fusion of the spine to retain mobility.
What results are patients seeing?
"The first thing [the patient must realize is that] it's outpatient surgery," says Ellegala. In other words, patients do not have to stay in the hospital and they can walk immediately after the surgery. Many are amazed by the immediate results, and those who have had spinal surgery before can't believe the difference between the Sonospine procedure and traditional surgery.
According to sonospinesurgery.com, "studies show that two-thirds of SonoSpine patients are pain-free after just four weeks." Conditions treated by this ultrasonic procedure include spinal stenosis, foraminal stenosis, bone spurs, herniated disks, failed back surgery syndrome, degenerative disc disease, facet disease, and spondylolisthesis.
Ellegala believes anyone who deals with a chronic neck or back pain could be a good candidate for the procedure. Still, he urges those looking into any surgery to get second and third opinions, because gathering as much information as possible is the key to knowing whether or not the treatment is right for you.
For more information please call 888-957-7463. You can also visit sonospinesurgery.com.