The camera has been a staple of family gatherings and reunions for generations. This isn’t the only way to use a digital camera anymore however. The lens not only gives you a perfect picture of your external features but can also capture any disharmony within you. High-resolution fiber optic cameras have completely revolutionised the surgical world by allowing us to view the insides of joints. From taking the pressure off a nerve trapped in the carpal tunnel on the wrist, to relieving the painful tingling numbness radiating from the spine, endoscopic decompression procedures have a lot to offer.
A common example of nerve compression is carpal tunnel syndrome. Here, the median nerve is compressed under the wrist ligaments causing painful tingling and/or numbness in the hands. Sports like cricket, weight lifting and games involving a racquet require excessive use of the wrists. Carpal tunnel syndrome is common in their players. When a trial of conservative medical therapy fails, surgery remains the only option. Two incisions are taken over the palm and wrist where the surgeon, using an endoscope, will dissect the transverse carpal ligament to release the compressed median nerve. With the bandages coming off in a couple of days and complete recovery within two to three weeks, the player finds himself having a firm grip on his equipment as well as his game.
Almost every player suffers from backache at some point in their professional life. Though most get away with a good physical rehabilitation program and medicines, some less fortunate ones need the aid of a good surgeon to get back to their feet. Trauma to the spine can occur due to poor body mechanics, improper stretching and overuse of the muscles which is seen in sports like football and boxing. Herniated discs, sprained ligaments and stress fractures can impair the functional capacity and hamper the performance of the sportsperson.
Onto Orthopedics employs the latest endoscopic and minimally invasive surgical technology for spines. These endoscopic systems uses very small incisions to allow the removal of bulging discs and bone spurs which may be compressing nerves in your back. During the procedure, a very small camera is passed into the epidural space around the spinal column. Pictures are then transmitted to the orthopedist to permit the minimally invasive removal of the abnormal growths. Endoscopic procedures usually take little time and often reduce pain. This approach, as performed by Doctor Hayden, may allow you to avoid larger, more invasive procedures such as fusions or laminectomies.
Minimally Invasive Benefits1:
- Discharge times for minimally invasive procedures are often half those of standard open procedures.
- Minimally invasive incisions are usually much smaller than those for standard procedures. Scarring might be significantly reduced.
- Post-operative pain is typically much less for endoscopic procedures than open procedures.
- Time to recovery is typically much shorter with endoscopic spinal procedures than with traditional open procedures.
Am I a good candidate for a minimally invasive procedure?
- Not all physicians perform endoscopic spine procedures. Dr. Hayden has been trained to perform a variety of these highly technical procedures. He can evaluate your specific injuries and pain to suggest an optimized treatment for your situation.
Give Onto Orthopedics a call at 214-731-3008 to see if a minimally invasive approach is right for you. To reach us after hours, please contact us via our "contact us" page.
Onto Orthopedics' on-site minimally invasive pain resolution procedures may help reduce your back and leg pain. By using a very small incision, scarring can be reduced while potentialling improving outcomes. Possible benefits include less risk of infection, shorter hospital stays, and shorter recovery times. If you are interested in minimally invasive methods to help reduce acute pain brought on by sports, orthopedic, or trauma injuries, please contact our medical practice today.
Diagnostic imaging techniques have enabled doctors to view inside a suffering patient without having to make any cuts. X-rays or radiographs are the most common of such imaging techniques available. An X-ray is usually the first test advised by a physician or orthopaedic surgeon, even in cases which may later require more advanced tests. An ordinary X-ray is a quick, easy and a comparatively cheap test. It may be all that is needed to diagnose or evaluate various problems.
An X-ray machine produces short bursts of X-rays which pass easily through fluids and soft tissues of the body. However, the denser the tissues, the lesser X-rays pass through them. A film is placed behind the body part to be X-rayed. Hollow or air-filled parts of the body show up as black images (e.g. lungs or stomach) and soft tissues (muscle and body organs) show up as various shades of grey, depending on their density. The developed film is studied by an X-ray specialist (radiologist) or by the concerned physician. In cases of X-rays related to bones, an orthopedic surgeon is typically well qualified to read the X-ray himself.