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Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery in India
Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery
Healthcare in India has come of age with
the most sophisticated and advanced technology available at few of the best
hospitals in India offering world class services. More than the affordable
prices, the quality of care and the skill of Indian surgeons is what brings
medical tourists to India.
One of the very popular procedures among
medical tourists in India is Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion spine surgery.
The lumbar spine is the most common area of
pain, often known as low backache, and it accounts for second most common
reason for visiting a physician after common cold. More than 90% of the
patients with low backache improve within six week of conservative treatments
like medication, physical therapy or injections. It is the spine surgeon who
can decide whether or not you fall in the rest 10% and how beneficial it would
be for you to undergo the surgery.
What is lumbar spinal fusion?
The objective of the
spine fusion surgery is to alleviate the pain that is believed to originate
from a motion segment in the spine. Lumbar fusion causes the bones of the spine
to grow together or fuse so that there is no motion between the two vertebrae.
The removal of intervertebral disc and bone spurs reduce pressure on the spinal
nerves, thereby reducing the pain.
Herinated Lumbar Disc
For some patients, it
may be recommended to have a spine fusion surgery performed in both the front
and back of the spine in an effort to provide extra stability for the painful
There are various
techniques of doing a lumbar fusion surgery- posterior approach (incision in
the back), anterior approach (incision in the abdomen) or both. There is the
newer technique of minimally
invasive surgery. The choice of which technique is best for you is
dependent on the condition of the spine and your surgeon’s experience. However,
the goal and result of all the techniques remain the same- to achieve a lumbar
fusion and lessen the pain.
technique for lumbar fusion is a relatively new technique but is quite popular
among surgeons and patients both owing to the advantages it offers.
The major advantage is
less damage to the surrounding tissue. In an open spinal surgery, the surgeon
has to cut through the muscles to operate on the spine. This causes a lot of
pain to the patient after the surgery and lengthens the recovery time, which is
not the case with minimally invasive spine surgery, resulting in much less pain
and faster recovery.
Another benefit is
lesser blood loss through minimally invasive technique and thus no need for
blood transfusions. The other benefits of course are shorter hospital stay,
fast recovery and thus early resuming work.
Extreme lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
One of these MIS
techniques is a procedure called Extreme- lateral lumbar interbody fusion
(XLIF). The procedure involves approaching the lumbar spine from the side
through a small incision. The surgery is performed through the muscle that lays
next to the lumbar spine- the psoas muscle.
The advantage of XLIF
or extreme- lateral lumbar interbody fusion is that 2/3 of the disc can be
safely removed. An artificial graft is placed in between the vertebrae after
the disc is removed to allow the bones to fuse together.
The other advantage is
short surgery and quick recovery. For single level XLIF, the procedure is
usually performed in an hour. The hospitalization is only for a day and braces
are not required after the surgery. Some patients feel little weakness while lifting
the leg due to psoas muscle weakness, which returns to normal fairly soon after
Minimally invasive spine surgery is
routinely done in India at IndiCure’s associate best spine surgery hospitals in
India. These spinal surgeons are among the best spine surgeons in India. Not
only you get the best services, the cost of minimally invasive lumbar fusion
spine surgery in India is much less as compared to the cost of same spinal
surgery in USA, UK or any other western country.
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