Open Spinal Surgery is sometimes unavoidable.
For conditions such as Scoliosis, Spinal Cancer and other extensive conditions, there is sometimes no alternative than open spinal surgery. However, we believe that spinal surgery outcomes are related to the amount of damage caused to muscles and other supporting structures of the spine. Our specialists are experts in soft tissue preservation surgery.
During Open spinal surgery, the surgeon must ensure that important tissues that stabilise the spine are not damaged. Often, ligaments, joint capsules, facet joints and other supporting structures are damaged during traditional spinal surgery. The damage to these structures leads to spinal instability and long term back pain. Although an operation may be considered successful in achieving its aim, the spine stability can be compromised and leave a patient with chronic back pain.
At The London Spine Unit, our surgeons are highly trained and understand the importance of spinal stability. They have specialist training in Orthopaedics which gives them a thorugh understanding of spine mechanics.
A discectomy involves the cutting away or removal of discs anywhere along the spine. The procedure can be a solution to any painful condition that causes the discs to bulge or protrude.
Our preferred method for performing a discectomy at the Harley Street spine unit is through the use of a laser. We have been harnessing the latest advancements in medical technology to carry out Laser Discectomies for many years because it poses less risk to sensitive surrounding tissues, blood vessels and nerves. As such, the procedure offers a greater chance of a successful outcome for the thousands of patients who visit our specialist back unit every year.
As a surgical treatment, Laser Discectomy offers great flexibility too. Whether the problem exists in the larger areas of the lower or mid back or the more restricted and sensitive area of neck, where it is common for the whole disc to be removed and replaced with an artificial substitute, lasers help our surgeons to quickly target and eliminate the core of the problem.
Our approach to treatment is always conservative first, in which case we will recommend a combination of medication and therapies such as osteopathy or physiotherapy to help improve symptoms while the body naturally recovers. Laser Discectomy, being friendlier to the body than conventional discectomy, would be our next port of call should any conservative treatment fail to bring improvements in a patient’s condition.
We are always striving to ensure we provide our patients with the best diagnosis, treatment and care possible, pre-, post and peri-op.
The London Spine Unit provides a second opinion service.
In some conditions such as scoliosis, Spinal Tumours or complex spinal trauma, open spinal surgery is a necessity. Howvere in most spinal surgery cases, keyhole surgery can be performed.
Better view during surgery, less risk of damaging nerves due to direct visibility, easier to insert implants, less stretching of skin, easier to remove tumoursinfection, less pain
Higher risk of infection, greater blood loss, longer recovery time, more post operative pain, longer operative time, less use of XRAY
It depends on the skill of the surgeon. Keyhole spinal surgery requires a great amount of skill because the surgeon relies on imaging and an indepth knowledge of the anatomy without direct visualisation.
Keyhole and endoscopic spinal surgery requires specialised equipment and may cost more than open spinal surgery. It depends however on the complexity of surgery and Implant costs.
In some conditions such as Tumours, Scoliosis or major trauma open spinal surgery is a necessity, however in most conditions involving degenerate discs, keyhole spinal surgery is a better option. You should get a second opinion if you are unsure about the best treatment for your spinal condition
The London Spine Unit was established in 2005 and has successfully treated over 5000 patients. All conditions are treated.
The London Spine Unit specialises in Minimally Invasive Treatments allowing rapid recovery and return to normal function
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