Cauda Equina Syndrome is a serious but rare complication of a ruptured disc. It occurs when disc material is pushed into the spinal canal and compresses the bundle of lumbar and sacral nerve roots, causing loss of bladder and bowel control. Permanent neurological damage may result if this syndrome is left untreated.
Sometimes, even the worst spinal pain can make us hesitant to visit a spine doctor, but those horror stories are a thing of the past. New technologies have made procedures increasingly safer and more helpful. Utilizing technology to advance precision and technique, millions of people are finding unexpected relief from undergoing these three procedures.
1. Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement – Cervical discs can begin to press on the nerves of the spine from the neck down to the lower back, creating neck and back pain for the individual. After 4 to 7 years of clinical success, this procedure is proving to be the best alternative to past procedures, including Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF), which involves the removal of the disc and the decompression of the spinal chord and nerve endings.
2. Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion – Sacroiliac joint dysfunction causes improper movement in the lower back, inducing back and lower leg pain. New techniques in fusion have allowed for a far less invasive procedure and is growing in popularity among those seeking to alleviate this position. Additionally, more options for bone grafts and innovations in implants offer patients greater control over the procedure.
3. Vertebral Augmentation – The treatments for fractured vertebra may have seen the greatest advances, thanks to new discoveries. In the past, nonsurgical treatments limited the amount of relief a patient could expect, but, today, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty operations can alleviate the pain caused by osteoporosis compression fractures. While vertebral augmentation is still fairly new, it has become a preferred procedure and affords the greatest possibility of complete pain relief.
While back surgery may still carry a stigma with it, those in need of relief may find greater hope in taking advantage of new and successful techniques. It’s still vital to find a Miami surgeon with whom you feel comfortable placing your trust and one who will help you fully explore all of your options. However, once you make the decision to pursue treatment, one of these advances may save you from the pain that nothing else has been able to relieve.