Conventional surgery for the management of spinal disorders encompasses a large range of treatment options that have been used by spinal specialists over the past four years. The greatest advances in the surgical treatment of spinal disease can be attributed to two major technological breakthroughs--the development of the operative microscope and spinal instrumentation....more
Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty
Osteoporosis is defined by the recent NIH Consensus Development Conference as a disease characterized by compromised bone strength and increased risk of fracture. Osteoporosis is a serious public health problem, and is traditionally thought of as a disease of women, but a third of all vertebral compression fractures occur in men. There are 44 million Americans in the United States at risk. Ten million of these have osteoporosis, and another 34 million have low bone density. With baby boomers now in their 50s, the problem will continue to increase. Approximately 1.5 million fractures secondary to osteoporosis occur in the United States each year; 700,000 of these are spine fractures—more than hip and wrist fractures combined. Worldwide, one in three women and one in eight men over the age of 50 are affected by osteoporosis or osteopenia (low bone density)....more
Minimally Invasive Surgery
At Barrow Neurological Institute, the therapy for the treatment of spinal disorders has been advanced using minimally invasive endoscopic surgical techniques in which surgery is performed with special instruments inserted through small incisions. Endoscopic spinal surgery represents a major advance in the treatment of spinal disorders. It shares the advantages of other endoscopic surgical techniques (i.e., laparoscopy and thoracoscopy). It can be used instead of open surgical techniques for procedures such as spinal decompression and fusion....more
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