Thanks to endoscopically guided spinal decompression, the herniated material of spinal discs, can be effectively removed via endoscopic vision. The process is gentle and supports rapid recovery of mobility.
Spine surgery should always be the last resort when it comes to treating chronic back pain. What does this mean? Only after failed physiotherapy and pain therapy, should surgery of any kind, be considered at all. The spinal cord is part of the central nervous system. The density of important nerves in the area around the spine, makes this area particularly vulnerable to the possible complications of open spine surgery. The results of open spine surgery are not always successful in reducing chronic back pain. One of the reasons for failed back surgery is the formation of irritating scar tissue in the area of the spine following open spine surgery.
What is minimally invasive or endoscopic back surgery?
Endoscopic surgery takes place through a tubular device that avoids incisions into skin, muscles, nerves and bones.
Disc-FX is a technique in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery. Disc-FX only requires an endoscopic working access through a hollow needle with a diameter of only 2 mm. This approach allows treatment and removal of disc tissue inside and outside of the spinal canal (extra-and intraspinal) to remove. The fiber ring of the spinal disc can be stabilized.
One common cause is degeneration of the disc. Wear or loss of disc tissue is a normal part of ageing. The loss of fluid, loss of protein structure over the course of life cause the disc to change. It becomes less and less elastic, fragile and its height decreases.
Increasing the disc volume with Hydrogel
Using the Hydrogel injection method we’d like to illustrate how we can counteract the loss in height in the degenerated disc: By injecting the highly expansive polymer substance Hydrogel considerably increases water retention in the viscid core of the disc. The highly water-binding, expansive Hydrogel increases the disc diameter in the long term again. This effect lasts for years.
Kyphoplasty or Vertebroplasty is a method of repairing a spine damaged by osteoporotic fracture of a vertebral body. In advanced spinal centres the repair of osteoporotic vertebral fracture is performed via a percutaneous (minimally invasive) surgical procedure.
The osteoporotic fracture of the vertebral spine is very painful. It has the potential to alter the height of the spinal column and the function of spinal cord and nerve roots permanently if left untreated. Kyphoplasty aims to achieve pain relief for the patient and restore the height of the collapsed vertebral bone.
Percutaneous Disc Nucleoplasty is surgery to reduce the volume of a protruded (bulging) or herniated disc. In both cases the spinal disc puts pressure on a nerve root, or the spinal cord and causes back pain or sciatic pain.
Nucleoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure to treat lumbar disc-related back pain and leg pain.
RACZ Epidural Neurolysis is an injection (or series of injections) into the spine as therapy for chronic back pain. This injection procedure is a very effective way to relieve pain in the lower back and also pain radiating into the leg.
Racz Epidural Neurolysis can avoid the need for spinal surgery for many patients with chronic back and sciatic pain. This injection treatment has the potential to provide immediate and significant relief of chronic back pain and discomfort.
Many patients, particularly following disc herniation, suffer recurrent or persistent back and leg pain. Approximately 10% of patients with spinal disc compression need repeat surgery over time. This is due (amongst other things), to the progressive degeneration of the damaged spinal disc. The disc has been injured (and suffered a loss of tissue), through traumatic herniation.