Spine surgery is a surgical procedure to remove and replace or repair bone or soft tissue in the spine.
Spine surgery is done to correct a spinal problem. The problem can be anything from a herniated disc to spondylolisthesis. Spine surgeries could be done to either fuse the spine or decompress it. Some other surgeries could involve removing bone or fixing vertebrae that are not aligned properly.
Spine surgery is a major surgery, so they are only recommended if other treatments have failed. The surgery is often used to alleviate pain and correct deformities which can limit daily activities like walking or climbing stairs.
You may be offered spine surgery if you have following conditions :
Spinal stenosis is a condition that can cause pain due to pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one or more of the bones in a person’s spine become shifted.
Fractures to the spine caused by injury or osteoporosis
Degenerative disk disease, or damage to spinal disks as a person gets older
Common types of spine surgery include:
Cervical disc replacement: During this procedure, a surgeon replaces the damaged disc with artificial or natural parts that remove pain. Benefits include better mobility, faster recovery & reduced risk of future pain.
Foraminotomy: During a foraminotomy, the surgeon creates more room around the bones in your spinal column, making sure to relieve pressure on any compressed nerves..
Laminectomy: A laminectomy involves removing all or part of the vertebrae (spinal bones) and can be used to treat spinal stenosis. It helps by making more space for your spinal cord.
Microdiscectomy: In this minimally invasive procedure, a surgeon removes pieces of a herniated or ruptured disc to relieve back pain.
Kyphoplasty: A Kyphoplasty is used to treat a compression fracture. The surgeon injects a balloon under the compressed vertebrae to re-expand it and insert cement to stabilize the bone. The procedure restores some of the height lost due to compression, making it less visible.
Spinal fusion: A spinal fusion is the act of fusing two or more vertebrae together. The procedure can be applied in cases of instability, scoliosis, or herniated discs.
A pre-operative assessment will be taken by Dr. Ambarish Saraf to know about your past medical history. Proper guidance will be given to patient on what to expect before, during, and after surgery. Patients are usually required to stay in hospital for 2-3 days afterwards before being discharged. They may be prescribed painkillers but should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 6 weeks post-surgery. It is recommended that patients should avoid climbing stairs or lifting heavy objects for at least 6 weeks after surgery too. With Dr. Ambarish Saraf’s 18 years of experience he is providing the best for spine surgery in Vikhroli, Mumbai
You’ll usually be in hospital for 3 to 5 days, but recovery times can vary. Once you’re able to be discharged, your hospital will give you advice about looking after your spine at home. You may need to use a frame or crutches at first and a physiotherapist will show you exercises to help strengthen your spine.
Most people recover from surgery and can stop using walking aids after about six weeks. They can start driving again around six to eight weeks, and will experience a full recovery in a few years as the scar tissue heals and their muscles are restored. Mentioning that a small number of people might take longer is also an option.
Spine surgery is a common operation and most people do not have any complications. However, as with any operation, there are risks as well as benefits.
Complications are rare but may include:
- Dep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Blood clots
Dr. Ambarish Saraf is the best for spine surgery in Vikhroli east with his 18 years of experience he has always achieve success among all his surgeries.
Dr. Ambarish Saraf
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