A Closer Look at Spinal Injections

This Content Was Written by the Tulsa Spine Surgery Experts at the Offices of Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O.

We are conveniently located here in South Tulsa. Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O.’s Tulsa Spine Surgery offices are located at 91st St. between Harvard and Yale. No matter what where you are located in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, you’re just a hop skip and a jump away from our offices. We can help you reclaim your life and start living pain-free starting today. To get the phone and call us at 539-664-8444 or visit us online for more information on our website. Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. would love to be your service provider of choice whenever it comes to Tulsa Spine Surgery. In this article I will be taking a closer look at the spinal injections that we can provide here in our offices.

Injections are a non-surgical procedure where a patient is injected with a combination of anesthetic and steroid directly into the spine. The anesthetic serves to ease pain, while the steroid helps with inflammation. Two kinds of injections used to relieve pain and inflammation are Facet Joint Injections and Spinal Epidural Injections. Injections can act as a diagnostic tool by helping the physician determine if the area injected is the area causing pain. Injections may cause temporary or permanent effects, depending on the patient and his or her case.

If a degenerative spinal condition in a patient’s spine is causing compression of spinal nerves, it can create acute or chronic pain, numbness, and weakness. Conservative treatments like injections are tried first to relieve the patient’s symptoms before spine surgery is considered.

Facet Joint Injections usually take only a few minutes to complete, and Spinal Epidural Injections take about a half an hour. Following the procedure, the patient will be monitored for half an hour to an hour in the recovery room. The patient should have an adult drive them home following the procedure. The patient should also relax and avoid any strenuous activity for at least 24 hours following the injection in order to allow the anti-inflammatory medication to take effect.

If you have any questions regarding any of the procedures that we offer here at the offices of Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O., we encourage you to pick up the phone and give us a call. This material is intended to give the patient an overview of surgical procedures and treatments and is not intended to replace the advice and guidance of a physician like Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. Always consult with your doctor about the particular risks and benefits of your treatment before you make any type of hard set decisions about what to do with your spine. Remember that you are only have one body any need to take care of it before it’s too late. We treat a wide range of different spine needs ranging from minimal to more severe. We promise we will take care of you and that you will be in good hands whenever you are through our doors.

Information on Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery

This Content Was Written by the Tulsa Spine Surgery Experts at the Offices of Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O.

Tulsa Spine Surgery specializes in delivering the highest level of surgical care in the world for degenerative lower back and neck conditions using state-of-the-art surgical techniques, technology, and comprehensive surgical and rehabilitation planning. Our team of exceptionally trained and mindful medical professionals is devoted to providing the best medical experience and life-enhancing solutions available for these unique and intricate conditions. Tulsa Spine Surgery provided by Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. is a pioneer in artificial cervical disc replacement surgery. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. and see if disc replacement surgery is right for you, contact us now.

Until recently, the only option for repairing a failed spinal disc was to fuse the area. This procedure helped patients, but it placed more stress on the surrounding discs, and it also reduced patient range of motion. Doctors believed that there was a better solution: rather than fusing the area around the disc, they developed disc replacement surgery. Tulsa Spine Surgery is among the best spinal surgery facilities to begin performing artificial cervical disc replacement surgery, and we’re still among the Tulsa areas most experienced practitioners of this technique.

Before disc replacement surgery, patients had very limited options for dealing with a failed disc in their back. Fusion was the leading treatment, but fusion had numerous disadvantages. First, it significantly reduced range of motion in the short term and long term. An entire area of the spine that used to bend and move freely is now fused into a single straight portion, which cannot bend at all. This fusion reduces range of motion, increases recovery time, and leads to an additional disadvantage: increased stress on surrounding vertebrae. The old fusion technique forced them to move more than usual to compensate, and could lead to a second failure and more surgery down the road.

Artificial cervical disc replacement surgery offers patients an alternative to the problems of old fusion surgery. Artificial cervical disc replacement surgery replaces the failed disc with a new one made of artificial materials engineered to duplicate the functioning of a natural disc as completely as possible. Disc replacement surgery allows patients to enjoy the normal functioning of their back without the pain caused by disc failure.

Although disc replacement surgery is a newer procedure than spinal fusion, it has proven to be just as safe and just as effective. It has already been performed thousands of times nationwide, and the results are documented and excellent. Patients experience greater range of motion, reduced requirement for a second follow up surgery, and faster recovery times. Our artificial cervical disc replacement surgery patients typically begin early physical therapy the day after the surgery is performed, and most are able to return to their full activity six to eight weeks after surgery. In comparison, most spinal fusion patients are not completely recovered until 6 or 9 months later.