The 'Showdown' pits the way it has been with the way it will be - and is now at Deuk Spine Institute - in the medical arena of spinal surgery. As a neurosurgeon who sees thousands of patients each year with debilitating back and neck pain, I know that less than one in ten patients who see me will need surgery. Often there are not one but several causes of your neck and back pain, and the numbness and tingling or weakness that may radiate down the arms or down your backside into your legs. Therapy, medications, injections by an expert like our Dr. Patel and other conservative treatments may resolve your pain. Yet, if surgery is required to repair the spine so sensitive nerves and discs can heal, there are advances in the science of spinal surgery you need to be aware of. As you may have heard me say before: An educated patient is one of our prime objectives at Deuk Spine Institute.
Spinal fusion, or traditional open back surgery, has been the surgery of choice for decades to repair neck and back issues requiring surgery. There are new appoaches to spinal fusion and a revolutionary new surgical option, Deuk Laser Disc Repair™, that progresses the science of spine surgery by improving outcomes and substantially reducing recovery time, complications, infections and cost of the procedure.
Spinal fusion may be required in cases of fracture, disc slippage (spondylolithesis), tumor, or infection. And advances in fusion technology mean less time in the hospital and less time recovering from surgery. Of course not all surgeons are schooled in the latest techniques so it is important to do your research.
In as many as 9 out of 10 cases I see of bulging or herniated discs in the back and neck, traditional spinal fusion may not be the best choice. Repairing rather than replacing the damaged disc or discs is often the better solution. Here at Deuk Spine Institute we have perfected the technique, versions of which are offered at only a handful of surgery centers elsewhere in the States. The state-of-the-art solution is Deuk Laser Disc Repair™ and performed by me at our surgery center in Melbourne, FL. The outpatient procedure requires only a 1/4 inch incision, allows you to get back to your life in one to three days, is substantially less costly than fusion surgery, and has a 95% success rate through several hundred procedures.
Tour our website to learn more or call us at 1-800-Fix-My-Back or 1-800-Fix-My-Neck to make an appointment. And check out our schedule of seminars so you can speak with me directly.
Ara J. Deukmedjian, MD
Board Certified Neuro-Spine Surgeon
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, UCF School of Medicine