Spinal Surgery: What you should do when you have a problematic spine.

The Spine has received attention from the time of Susruta and in early Egyptian medicine. The Spine supports the body and the brain, helping us maintain one the most distinctive features of the human race – standing upright. However Spinal surgery or even treatment is always met with great fear and earlier people would always ignore the pain. However, with advancements in medical science it is recommended that any Spinal injury should be immediately treated.

Spine surgery was traditionally done as an ‘open surgery’, wherein the area being operated on was opened with a long incision to allow the surgeon to view and access the anatomy. In recent years, however, technological advances have allowed more back and neck conditions to be treated with a minimally invasive surgical technique.

Years of medical and technological advancements have brought us to this day when we can definitively say that the way forward is minimally invasive spine surgery. Today, Kolkata’s medical fraternity and Neuro surgeons can perform all sorts of Spine surgeries effectively and efficiently. Most spinal deformities and problems can now be corrected with the help of new technology and expert medical skills. Because minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS), does not involve a long incision, it avoids significant damage to the muscles surrounding the spine. In most cases, this results in less pain after surgery and a faster recovery.

Surgeons can now construct artificial vertebrae to replace affected ones.

Aging, improper body mechanics, trauma and structural abnormalities can injure your spine, leading to back pain and other symptoms such as leg pain and/or numbness or even leg weakness. Chronic back pain is a condition that generally requires a team of health professionals to diagnose and treat. The vast majority of back problems can be remedied with non-surgical treatments—often referred to as non-surgical or conservative therapies. Therefore, it is imperative that the person visits a skilled and knowledgeable Neurosurgeon who can decide whether to treat the pain surgically or non-surgically.

By Dr. Rudrajit Kanjilal

Department of Anaesthesiology, Department of Audiology and Speech Therapy, Department of Cardiology, Department of Clinical Psychology, Department of Critical Care Medicine