Our Latest Technologies
Have you seen "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly", remastered in high definition? The Blu-ray reproduction maintains such excellent quality largely due to the condition of the original film. Ironically, old-fashioned film often provides much greater viewing resolution than fully digital productions. The reality is that a completely digital movie is shot in a fixed resolution (like 1080p or 4k). Such a limitation precludes future remasters from ever surpassing the detail of the original.
Like analog and digital movie film, a parallel exists in radiology. One of the few benefits of X-Rays produced directly on analog film include excellent resolution. These films could theoretically be scanned back into a computer and reproduced in a variety of resolutions (depending on storage limitations and quality goals). With newer digital systems, X-Ray images are produced directly from digital detectors and cassettes in a fixed resolution. Not all of these systems are created equal!
Chronic pain can be extremely debilitating for long-term pain sufferers. In such patients, when all varieties of treatment, from oral medicines such as NSAIDS (pain killers) and steroid injections to physiotherapy and surgical treatment fail, the role of digital pain management comes into play. The patients in whom pain persists even after a surgery are those who can benefit immensely by digital pain management. Digital pain management is one of the latest innovations in surgical technologies to treat chronic pain. Conditions which might benefit from digital pain management can include failed back surgery, neuropathies, radiculopathy, phantom limb, and other chronic pains.
Digital pain management consists of installing a small spinal stimulation device known as a Dorsal Column Stimulator or Spinal Column Stimulator into the epidural space which surrounds the spinal cord. Spinal cord stimulators deliver low voltage electrical currents to stimulate the spinal cord and block the sensation of pain. Electrical stimulation is delivered through an implanted lead in the epidural space superficial to the spinal cord; this lead is connected to the receiver that receives energy through an external source.
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.