The trick of minimally invasive surgery is not to cause a muscle injury, affirms Dr. Georgiy Brosuvanik, Spine Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, who adds “It's to really sneak in and sneak out." The specialist explains how he performs this procedure in cases of scoliosis.
Minimally invasive surgery implies that there is an attempt to minimize the injury of surgery, explains Dr. Georgiy Brosuvanik, Spine Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida. This type of surgery minimizes the size of the incisions and what happens inside is much more sparing, he describes.
Periodic observation, over-the-counter pain relievers, exercises, braces, and epidurals or nerve block injections are some of the non-operative treatment options for scoliosis. Dr. Georgiy Brosuvanik, Spine Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, says over-the-counter pain relievers are a big subject, because narcotics are contraindicated to prevent addiction. He also explains exercises are important, because maintaining abdominal strength is crucial. He recommends staying active. About epidurals, he points out they have a potential for risks, so it is important to go to somebody who is very experienced.
Dr. Georgiy Brusovanik, Spine Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, explains scoliosis is a very common condition. It is a three dimensional curvature of the spine, which means that not only the spine turns sideways, but there is a significant rotational component. He recommends an easy way to tell if your kids have scoliosis: "Stand in front or in the back of them, have them have their legs nice and even on the floor, and just have them bend over to try and touch their toes. What you will see is that nice symmetrical curvature of the spine, in patients who have scoliosis will be altered and one side will come up."
The new technology for disc replacement includes a removal of the disc in the most sparing way possible and then replacing it with a metal prosthesis that allows normal motion, says Dr. Georgiy Brosuvanik, Spine Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida. Actually, he considers few patients need surgery; few back problems are dangerous and nerve pain doesnâ€™t paralyze people. “That is not true," he says.