Decrease Your Post-Op Recovery Time

This Content Was Written For Your Tulsa Pain Doctor, Dr. Kris Parchuri

Dr. Parchuri, Tulsa Pain Doctor, stands at the forefront of minimally invasive surgical treatment. He can diagnose and treat many types of bone and joint problems using these highly advanced techniques. Use of minimally invasive surgical techniques decrease the recovery time of many patients because the surgical incisions are considerably smaller than conventional surgery and therefore less damaging to the other vital soft tissue structures. This form of surgery is proving to be particularly successful in joint replacement for arthritis as well as reconstruction of fractures and bones and realignment of extremities.

In addition, these new techniques allow indirect fracture reduction and fixation, with less likelihood of injury to blood flow to vital structures and less harm to blood vessels and nerves. It is important to note that the technology used to perform minimally invasive orthopedic procedures has undergone significant advances in recent years and the surgeons at Tulsa Pain Doctor are continuing to improve and refine ways to make surgeries even less invasive. Several weeks of recovery may be required for traditional “open” spine surgery as it may involve a three-inch long incision, in which muscles and tissues are separated for optimal access to the injury site. The surgery usually results in trauma to surrounding tissues and some blood loss. Because of this the affected tissues and muscles need adequate healing time.

Tulsa Pain Doctor uses state of the art minimally invasive techniques and instrumentation to help patients recover in a shorter period of time and allow for a quicker return home. Innovative developments in minimally invasive techniques have pioneered better ways for the surgeon to access the spine, moreover making the recovery process more seamless.

In minimally invasive spine surgery, a smaller incision is made, sometimes only a half-inch in length. The surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through these tiny incisions to access the damaged disc in the spine. Entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebrae is achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissues when using minimally invasive techniques. Minimally invasive spine surgery requires extensive training and experience to master use of the tools, but there is tremendous benefit for the patient. With the introduction of minimal access spinal technologies, spine surgeons can make a smaller incision, while at the same time accomplish identical results as open spine surgery. Due to the acute accuracy provided by these tools, surgeons can access the vertebrae through the narrow probes with surgical cameras and tools.

A Closer Look at Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

This Content Was Written For Your Tulsa Pain Doctor, Dr. Kris Parchuri

If you want a surgeon that helps you thrive in your life instead of just merely survive, pick up the phone and call Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. today. He wants to help you not only recover from chronic pain, but to reclaim your life in ways you never thought possible before. Our numbers 539-664-4448 and you can call today to set up a free consultation. If you’re missing out on activities you love and missing out on spending time with your family due to chronic pain, you need to understand that this doesn’t have to be the way you live. We have a wide variety of treatment options to meet the needs of every client that walks through our doors. For Tulsa Spine Surgery there is no better place in the region. In this article I will be discussing the procedure called Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion and how it can meet the needs of certain Tulsa spine surgery recipients.

Anterior lumbar interbody fusionis a type of spinal fusion which involves an anterior approach to fuse lumbar spine vertebrae together. Anterior refers to the front of the body. Lumbar means the last five vertebrae of the spinal column. Interbody refers to the space between the vertebrae to maintain and reestablish disc height. Interbody spaces may have material inserted to help promote fusion. Fusion means to surgically induce a union or joining of bone.

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion is usually performed to treat a variety of painful spinal disorders, including painful conditions like Degenerative Disc Disease and Spondylolisthesis. Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion is preferred when there is a need to fuse multiple spinal levels and remove multiple discs.

Patients are given general anesthesia and preoperative intravenous antibiotics. They are then laid on their backs on a radiolucent operating table. A 3-to 8-centimeter incision is made just to the left of belly button. Abdominal muscles and intestines are moved aside.

Disc Removal
The damaged intervertebral disc is removed, and some of the disc wall is left behind to help contain the bone graft.

Bone Graft Insertion
Special distractor instruments are used to restore the normal height of the disc and to determine the appropriate size of bone graft. A metal cage filled with bone graft is carefully implanted in the empty disc space. This realigns the vertebrae and removes the pressure from pinched nerve roots. Fluoroscopic X-rays are taken to confirm the graft is in the right place.

Support Attachment
Usually the procedure will be sufficient to secure the vertebrae, but if additional support is required for the spine, surgeons may decide to use a series of screws and rods for support during the healing process. This will connect the above and below vertebrae.

Over time, the bone graft will grow through and around the implant. The intestines and other blood vessels are put back in place, and the wound area is washed out with sterile antibiotics. The procedure ends when the skin is sewn or glued together.