Latest research reveals minimally invasive spine surgery in an outpatient setting for elderly patients is beneficial
Laser Spine Institute, the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, is proud to announce that two of its recent research studies on treating Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) were published in March 2013 both in the Journal of Spine and the Journal of Orthopaedics. LSS is the narrowing of the spinal canal caused by age-related degenerative process such as bony overgrowth or enlargement of the joints. A vast majority of the 65 and older population suffers from LSS and often times; this group is not cleared for risky open back surgeries due to other underlying health issues.
“In the past, patients who suffered from LSS have either had to learn to live with this excruciating pain or consider risky open back surgery,” said Bill Horne, CEO of Laser Spine Institute. “Our research shows that minimally invasive, outpatient procedures provide patients a safe and viable solution for relief from back or neck pain.”
A study published by the American Medical Association in 2010 found that surgeons often recommended invasive fusion procedures for patients with spinal stenosis. Those surgeries resulted in a high rate of life-threatening complications and patients were often re-hospitalized within 30 days. The recent publications from Laser Spine Institute prove that minimally invasive surgeries are just as successful at treating patients suffering from this condition – even in severe cases. In each of these studies, the complication rate is lower, the rate of blood loss is smaller and the recovery time is quicker when compared to invasive open back surgeries.
Published in the Journal of Orthopaedics, Laser Spine Institute’s study entitled “Minimally Invasive Surgery Through Endoscopic Laminotomy and Foraminotomy for the Treatment of Lumbar Spine Stenosis,” evaluated 320 patients between the ages of 22 and 90 diagnosed with LSS from 2009 and 2011. Results found that minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of LSS has a short operation time, a low complication rate, and minimal blood loss. This study demonstrates that minimally invasive surgery is a safe alternative surgical treatment for adult patients with LSS.
The second study entitled, “Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment for Severe Symptomatic Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Case Study,” was published in the Journal of Spine. This case study examined a 63-year old male surgeon who struggled to stand in the operation room for long periods of time due to the pain associated with LSS. The patient underwent an outpatient endoscopic bilateral laminotomy decompression at Laser Spine Institute. Shortly after surgery, the patient returned to the operating room free of pain.
These studies set a new standard of care for severe LSS and prove that the condition can be treated successfully with minimally invasive outpatient procedures using endoscopic techniques. By delivering optimal surgical outcomes and developing innovative procedures, Laser Spine Institute is expanding healthcare options for patients suffering from neck and back pain.
Source: Laser Spine Institute