We use the latest development in medical laser technology, where a focal concentration of laser energy to target and vaporise protruding or bulging disc material without any danger of damaging surrounding vital structures like nerves or blood vessels.
This is the first-line in treating any spinal conditions. Harnessing the body’s potential to heal itself, fine hair-like needles are guided with utmost precision with the use of X-rays into the spine to deliver cortisone, a potent anti-inflammatory and healing hormone, around nerves, discs and joints.
We will do an evaluation and determine if there are any joint limitations or muscle weakness, as well as pinpoint the pain distribution in your back. Heat/cold therapy and massage, as well as ultrasound, may be used to ease back pain, but we can also combine these with physical therapy, manipulation and deep tissue massage to heal pain.
Balloon Kyphoplasty is a safe and quick percutaneous procedure that rapidly ease the suffering from these fractures or breaks. Through a tiny cut in the skin, a balloon is threaded through the bone under X-ray guidance, and inflated to restore the height of the collapsed bone segment. Special bone cement, similar to those used in hip/knee replacement surgery is then carefully injected to fill up the space.
With artificial disc replacement, the procedure is designed to bring about pain relief by removing the painful disc, and motion at that spinal segment is maintained with the use of a prosthetic implant. This is more similar in theory to the artificial hip and knee joint surgeries that orthopedic surgeons have been using for more that 40 years to maintain motion and relieve the pain of arthritic joints.
The traditional approach to treating pain and/or disability from lumbar degenerative disc disease is spinal fusion. This surgery involves forming a direct bony connection between the vertebrae surrounding the painful disc(s); pain relief occurs by stopping the motion of the painful disc(s). The London Spine Unit uses minimally Invasive Surgery for Fusion when required.
The London Spine Unit uses the EOS 2D/3D imaging system (EOS Imaging – formerly Biospace Med) is a novel device that produces 2D images similar to those derived by conventional means as well as 3D reconstructions for some bony body parts. It differs from conventional film, computed, and digital radiography systems in several respects and is a more precise imaging solution.
Dynamic stabilisation uses flexible materials (constructs) to stabilise the affected level or levels without transmitting excessive forces. The flexible portion of the construct limits excessive motion while allowing a degree of mobility. Dynamic stabilisation also reduces the load on the spine’s joints (facets) and disc space, which may reduce pain.
We thread a small camera through a natural opening in the base of the spine directly to disc extrusion within the spinal canal.By exploiting the body’s natural openings and channels, we do not need to strip off any muscle or bone to access the spinal canal, save a small cut in the skin. The camera allows us to directly visualise the nerves and disc fragments and compressive lesions can then be vaporised either by laser or physically extracted.