Spinal Cord Surgery in India at Affordable Cost, Spine Surgeons Hospital India,

Published: 21st May 2010
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Spinal Cord Surgery



Overview





A spinal cord stimulator, also called a dorsal column stimulator, is an implanted electronic device used to help treat chronic pain. They have been used for over 30 years. The device delivers a low level electrical current through wires. The wires are placed in the area near your spinal cord. The device is similar in size to a pacemaker.





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The spinal cord stimulator will not cure your pain. A 50 percent or greater decrease in pain can be expected, however. This should allow you to be more active. Also, need for less pain medication is considered a successful result. A trial with an external device for about a week is done, before having the device implanted.





The cervical spinal column is made up of vertebral bodies which protect the spinal cord.





Indications



Cervical spine disease is usually caused by herniated intervertebral discs, abnormal growth of bony processes on the vertebral bodies (osteophytes), which compress spinal nerves, trauma, and narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal column around the spinal cord.





Symptoms of cervical spine problems include:



Pain that interferes with daily activities



Neck pain that extends (radiates) to the shoulder or arm



Weakness of arms or legs



Numbness of arms, hands, or fingers





Incision



The surgery is done while the patient is deep asleep and pain-free (general anesthesia). For the neck (cervical spine), an incision may be made either in the back of the neck (posterior cervical) or in the front side of the neck (anterior cervical), depending on the location of the problem.





Procedure



Spinal Cord Surgery, Spinal Cord Surgery Hospital India, Spinal Cord Spine Surgery , Spinal Cord Surgery Hospitals, Spine Surgeons, Spinal Cord Surgery, Spinal Cord Treatment The bone that curves around and covers the spinal cord (lamina) is removed (laminectomy) and the tissue that is causing pressure on the nerve or spinal cord is removed. The hole through which the nerve passes can be enlarged to prevent further pressure on the nerve. If an intervertebral disc herniation is present, the intervertebral disc is removed. Sometimes, a piece of bone (bone graft) or metal rods (such as Harrington rods) may be used to strengthen the area of surgery.





How should I prepare for surgery?



The surgery usually takes place in a Same Day Surgery facility. An operating room is considered sterile and decreases the risk of infection. The procedure may last up to three hours. You should be able to go home the same day.





Before either the trial or the surgery for implanting a spinal cord stimulator, your surgeon will discuss the preoperative guidelines. Follow your surgeon's instructions.





These instructions may include :





* Do not eat or drink for at least six hours before the procedure. You will be able to take your usual medication with a small amount of water. If you have diabetes, do not take your insulin or diabetic pills until after the procedure.





* You will need a driver to return home.





* Do not take any aspirin or aspirin-containing medication at least eleven days before the procedure. They may prolong bleeding.





* Wear loose fitting clothing that is easy to take off and put on.





* Take a shower the morning of the procedure, using a bactericidal soap to reduce chances of infection.





* Do not wear jewelry.





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