Spine Archive: Recovery

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Pediatric Surgery: Things to Expect

Following spinal surgery, these are the things parents can expect. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

If you have a child who underwent a spinal fusion, chances are that he or she will complain of pain in the area of the procedure. This is normal and will decrease in the coming weeks. Medications like Advil and Motrin should be avoided as they can interfere with the healing process. Consult your doctor if your child appears to be in more pain than should be normal during the healing process.

Infections are not common, and should not happen – but are possible. Be sure to inspect your child’s back daily to ensure there are no infections. Healthy healing areas should be pink at the incision and the edges should be together.

Be sure to encourage your child to take liquids, fruits and vegetables to reduce constipation possibilities. Multivitamins with iron can help your child’s body heal itself

In the upcoming weeks after your child’s spinal fusion, monitor their activity levels. As discomfort clears, your child will probably want to get up and be active. Prevent them from doing anything too strenuous to avoid injury to the fusion area.

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India: A New Frontier for Spine Surgery Procedures

The country sees spine surgery as an important dynamic to health. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Spine surgery, most notably endoscopic spine surgery has become popular recently within the country of India. The dynamic healthcare system in India has become increasingly expensive. Neck and back pain have been on the rise as the country’s lifestyle changes have seen increases in sedentary and stressful living. Spine surgery within India is cost effective which makes it a preferred means of care. Additionally, spine surgery in the country takes relatively less time in recovery.

Laser Spine Surgery vs. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

There are better alternatives to laser surgery involving minimally invasive surgery. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Laser spine surgery is often referred to as a much more efficient technique when compared to traditional procedures. While laser spine surgery has better efficiency, the laser is actually used infrequently when looking at an overall spinal surgery. The biggest disadvantage to laser surgery involves the possibility of inconsistent or incorrect usage, resulting in nerve damage from heat transfer. While a scalpel may not be as accurate, there is no heat involved. Because of these risks – minimally invasive spine surgery is recommended where overall tissue damage is lower due to smaller incisions. Smaller incisions mean less pain and much faster recovery times for the patient.

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Post-Surgery: Important Information

Recovery information and post-surgery symptoms are covered in this article. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

When recovering from surgery, it is important to be mindful of these key points. Avoid sugar – sugars like those found in soda can suppress your immune system. Also, try to limit the intake of coffee and alcohol which can dehydrate. Avoid ibuprofen and aspirin – these can slow the healing process. Traditional surgery recovery can take anywhere between six weeks to six months (minimally invasive spine surgery is typically a much faster recovery process).

Most important, watch out for warning signs post-surgery like infections or blood clots. Typically, these occur during the first few weeks of recovery after surgery and can be diagnosed by swelling in the legs. Blood clots can travel through the blood stream and can settle in the lungs. Keep tabs on your status and be in touch with your doctor if you experience any of these signs or symptoms.

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Tips For Spine Surgery Recovery

The following are some tips to help you recover from surgery. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Patients who are preparing for surgery will find the following useful. Approach your spine surgery like a marathon and train for it. Training before surgery will help in the recovery process. Examples can include swimming, running, or biking. Other less strenuous ways to train can involve stretching or doing yoga. Your diet is also important to the recovery process. Proteins provide amino acids to keep the muscles in your back strong. Omega-3 helps as an inflammatory aid. Vitamin C is great for healing collagen. Additionally, stay away from synthetic sugars like those from soda. a 12-ounce can of soda can suppress your immune system by two days. Finally, coffee and alcohol can dehydrate you – so be sure to stay away from these as well.

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Robotic Spine Surgery: Local Success Story

Robert was struggling with daily mobility until robotic spine surgery saved the day(s). Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Local now-retired truck driver Robert Russo had back pain as a result of spinal stenosis. He tried everything from spine decompression to physical therapy. While these actions helped, Robert says the pain would come back. Dr. Leone explained the robotic spine surgical procedure to Robert. Via small incisions, Dr. Leone explains the nerve will be decompressed, move the bones to their proper location and install screws and rods. See Robert’s success story here:

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Video courtesy WGRZ.com

http://www.wgrz.com/news/health/a-different-kind-of-spine-surgery/416996960

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WATCH: Active Patient Receives Robotic Spine Surgery

David was struggling with daily mobility until robotic spine surgery saved the day(s). Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

David had a severe case of spinal stenosis in which his nerves were pinching together, causing heavy bouts of leg pain. He tried everything to remedy the daily pain. His golf swing was being heavily effected by his immobility in the lower spine. Two weeks after his surgery, David was back in the gym. Less than a year later and he is back to work and back doing the things he loves, like golfing. See David’s heartwarming story and learn about his procedure as explained by his doctor.

Video courtesy Mazor Robotics via YouTube.

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WATCH: Severe Scoliosis Patient Benefits from Robotic Spine Surgery

See this patient’s remarkable story about her success with robotic spine surgery. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Bonnie tried everything from nerve blocks to cortisone shots to relieve her severe scoliosis (unnatural curvature of the spine). Her spine exhibited a 38 degree curve, severe enough that she her pain was off the charts. Something needed to be done. Enter the Mazor Robotics Ranaissance® guidance system and a talented surgeon who managed to bring her curve back to 8 degrees. Bonnie is now a full inch taller and void of pain. Watch her amazing story here:

Video courtesy Mazor Robotics via YouTube.

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Robotic Spine Fusion: Is It Cleaner?

Advantages to robotic spine fusion and a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about Spinal Fusion in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

MIS (minimally invasive surgery) is quickly becoming a viable option to patients in need of surgical means who want to get regain their lives. Through spinal fixation under robotic surgery, tissue surrounding the target area is preserved. This preservation effectively decreases complications including lower loss of blood, fewer scars, faster recovery, and less pain.

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WATCH: Minimally Invasive Surgery Helps Man Walk

South Carolina resident regained his life with minimally invasive surgery. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

South Carolina resident Jack Hoppes could barely walk more than a few feet at a time without debilitating back pain. He suffered from degenerative disc disease, a complication resulting from continued wear and tear on the spine. Enter Dr. Christopher Chittum of Spartanburg Medical Center who helped get Jack back to a normal lifestyle thanks to robotic spine surgery. Meet Jack and hear his story below.

Video Courtesy: Mazor Robotics