India has now become the most sought after destination for patients with spine surgery. Indiacarez affiliate hospitals provide unmatched surgical expertise and postoperative care to patients suffering from any kind of spinal condition.
Microsurgical discectomy is the most common procedure performed to remove the portion of the disc that is compressing the spinal nerve. Earlier the approach required long incision. Recently this has been replaced by microsurgery that requires small cuts around 1-2 cm on the patients back and the culprit disc is removed with the help of microscope and small surgical instruments. The patient can be discharged the next day with few instructions related to sitting, lying and getting up techniques. He may be required to wear a lumbar corset for a few days after surgery. This is a very effective surgery to relieve sciatica – lower leg pain.
Endoscopic discectomy is usually performed to relieve the low back and leg pain caused by compression of nerve by a bulging disc. A narrow tube called endoscope with a camera fitted at the end is inserted through a small cut in the back over the suspected spinal segment. Image guidance helps the surgeon to locate the exact disc involved. Specialised instruments are inserted through the endoscope and the errant disc is removed with the help of computer imaging. Since no muscle is cut during this surgery, the recovery is rapid.
Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion aims at providing spinal stability as well as preserving function. Commonly indicated for spondylolisthesis, recurrent disc prolapse, multiple disc prolapse, the surgery removes the intervening disc and makes use of spinal hardware such as rods and screws to fix the adjoining vertebrae. The intervertebral space is filled with bone graft obtained from the pelvis. The graft grows between the bones and provides the necessary fixation. The diseased spinal segment is accessed from the side
Posterior lumbar interbody fusion aims at providing spinal stability as well as preserving function to the lumbar segment. Commonly indicated for spondylolisthesis, recurrent disc prolapse, multiple disc prolapse, the surgery removes the intervening disc and makes use of spinal hardware such as rods and screws to fix the adjoining vertebrae. The intervertebral space is filled with bone graft obtained from the pelvis. The graft grows between the bones and provides the necessary fixation. The diseased spinal segment is accessed from the back through a 3-6 inch long incision. The muscles are removed and the posterior vertebral arch is cut to access the bulging disc.
Kyphoplasty is done to treat multiple segment compression fracture of the spine seen in aged persons or those suffering from spinal tuberculosis or osteoporosis. It is also known as Balloon Kyphoplasty. Bone cement is used to fill up the gap and give to the diseased segment.
Nucleoplasty / Percutaneous Discectomy is a surgical procedure in which the central portion of an intervertebral disc is accessed and removed through a cannula. The patient is given local anesthesia as it is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure.
Small instruments are image guided through the cannula to remove the contents of the disc that helps to reduce the disc and relieve neural compression. The advantage is that the disc and supporting ligaments are intact which maintain the stability of the spine.
My brother was suffering severe back pain. I showed it to local doctors in my home country and they were of the opinion that my brother might need a spinal disc surgery. But there are no good hospital or facility for such surgery in my home country. Then I started to search for hospital outside my country for the treatment. The hospitals in South Africa quoted a huge amount for the treatment which was beyond my reach. Then one of my friends told me about India. He told that there are good hospitals and doctors in India and the cost is low.
I searched on the internet and I found IndiaCarez website. I filled up the form on the website. I got a call from the case manager and she told me to send the medical reports of my brother. I sent the reports by mail and the case manager got back to me with the opinion doctor and the treatment package.
She was very kind and explained me in detail about the package and traveling to India for Spine surgery. The quote was affordable to me and I was satisfied with the profile of the treating doctor. The case manager helped me with the passport, visa and the air tickets which saved a lot of my time.
On the day I and my brother came to India, people from the hospital came to receive us at the airport. They took us directly to the hospital and to our surprise a room was already booked for us and was kept ready. All our admission formalities were done in the room and we were made comfortable. I had never seen such caring services in hospitals back home in my country. I and my brother were seen by a team of doctors the next day and a series of tests were carried out. The surgery was planned and it went on successfully. Doctors were great and very polite. They explained everything very clearly.
Ms A. Shehu Tangaza – Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
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