Penn Medicine First In State To Perform Innovative Spinal Repair Procedure

NEW KIND OF BACK SURGERY IS HELPING PATIENT WAS A QUICKIES I RECOVERY. HEALTH REPORTER STEPHANIE STAHL JOINS US NOW TO EXPLAIN. INTERESTING NEW APPROACH HERE GUYS, THIS NEW PROCEDURE IS FOR PATIENTS HOFF BACK, LEG PAIN FROM A HERNIATED DISK. INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL SURGERY TO REPAIR THE SPINE PENN MEDICINE IS FIRST IN THE STATE TO PERFORM THIS NEW END SCOPIC PROCEDURE. I’M DOING GREAT. GOOD TO SEE YOU. FEELING WELL, BACK TO WORK. REPORTER: NOT THE KIND OF QUICK RECOVERY USUALLY ASSOCIATED WITH BACK SURGERY BUT KEVIN CLARK IS A HISTORY MAKER. SO IMPORTANT TO RECOVERY, THAT, YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID IT WAS LIKE I WAS ON VACATION. REPORTER: KEVIN A BRIDGE INSPECTOR IS FIRST PATIENT IN PENNSYLVANIA TO HAVE A NEW MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY TO REPAIR A HERNIATED DISK. IT IS PERFECT SO FAR. REPORTER: DOCTOR NEIL OF PENN MEDICINE DEVISED NEW SPINAL SURGERY THAT REMOVES FRAGMENTS OF THE BONE AND DISK MATERIAL TO RELIEVE PRESSURE ON THE NERVES. IT IS EXCITING ABOUT THIS IS YOU WILL GO TO A EXISTING PLACE. REPORTER: SURGERY IS PERFORMED ON THE BACK OF THE SPINE BUT NOW THE DOCTOR IS ABLE TO ACCESS THE DISK THROUGH THE SIDE OF THE SPINE. I GOT THERE THROUGH THIS OPENING CALLED THE FORAMEN INSTEAD OF SHAVING DOWN THIS BONE AND DOING BUNCH OF WORK THAT DOESN’T HELP YOU BUT GETS TO YOU THAT SPACE. REPORTER: INSTEAD OF LONG, INVOLVED SURGERY THIS ONE IS QUICK, EASY. THE EXCITEMENT ABOUT THIS APPROACH THAT IS WE’RE FINALLY GETTING INSTRUMENTS, TOOLS WE NEED, THAT ARE MADE SMALL ENOUGH, AND OF THE APPROPRIATE DIMENSIONS THAT WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SPACES THAT NATURALLY EXIST IN THE SPINE. REPORTER: THAT MEANS PATIENTS LIKE KEVIN HAVE A MUCH EASIER RECOVERY. HE KNOWS ALL BIT, BECAUSE HE HAD TRADITIONAL SURGERY ON A DIFFERENT PART OF HIS SPINE THREE YEARS AGO. THIS TIME, I WAS WALKING RIGHT OUT OF RECOVERY. AMAZING. AMAZING HOW MUCH EASIER IT WAS REPORTER: HOW ABOUT THAT. THE DOCTOR SAYS THAT THIS END SCOPIC DECOMPRESSION PROCEDURE IS CURRENTLY ONLY USED FOR PATIENTS HOFF DISK PROBLEMS, THAT CAUSE SCIATICA WHICH IS PAIN THAT RUNS DOWN THE LEG BUT HE HOPES IN THE FUTURE WITH NEW EQUIPMENT HE WILL BE ABLE TO DO EVEN MORE MINIMALLY INVASIVE BACK OPERATIONS. INCREDIBLE.

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