Martha Jefferson Healthwise--October 10th

From Doctor visits, to over the counter pain relief, people are spending a fortune to feel better. For some surgery is the only way to permanently ease their pain. Thankfully, the trend in back surgery is leaning toward minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Sandeep Teja from Martha Jefferson Hospital explains

Dr. Teja, Neurosurgeon, says that minimally invasive techniques are used to make smaller incisions, disrupt less tissue, and lead to less pain after surgery and a faster recovery for spine patients. We are able to carry out the same procedure they would have had but through smaller incisions. Minimally invasive surgery is a technique that is best applied in appropriate situations. It is not for all patients but the indications seem to be expanding all the time.

Dr. Sandeep Teja explains that he sees mainly degenerative diseases of the spine as people age as well as back pain and herniated disks. Yet, virtually all adults of all ages can experience some form of spinal
problems.

Finally, the Neurosurgeon talks about what is new to helping back pain. Artificial disks in the cervical spine- the neck region- recently have been approved by the FDA. This is an innovative new device that allows having the benefits of spinal fusion- reducing neck pain and arm numbness and weakness as well as preserving motion at that portion of the spine that we can not do with spinal fusion. This should help patients maintain the normal function of their spine. This is important as the population remains active into the later years of their lives as is currently the case.


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