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The Spine Network of California: Dr. Clive Segil On A New Spinal Stenosis Procedure.

Comments by Los Angeles orthopaedic surgeon Clive Segil, M.D. on a new, minimally invasive procedure to treat a type of spinal stenosis called "foraminal" stenosis. "Foramina" are nerve openings in the lumbar spine.

PRLog - Jun. 10, 2011 - Los Angeles - Lumbar spinal stenosis accounts for 1.5 million office visits per year, and is one of the most common reasons to have spine surgery.

If a patient doesn't respond to conservative treatment, the conventional surgical approach has been an extensive procedure called a "decompressive laminectomy" in which the bone structures at the back of the spine are removed to alleviate pressure on the nerves caused by the stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal nerve openings. However, this approach has the disadvantage of destabilizing the spine.

Dr. Clive Segil explains that a new, minimally invasive procedure uses the iO-Flex™ System in which a very small incision is made and a miniature flexible saw is used by the surgeon, guided with x-ray imagery to perform decompression from the inside-out. The procedure takes about an hour and has a shorter recovery time than conventional surgical decompression procedures. Dr. Segil describes the iO-Flex™ procedure in this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-DfNF4UCuo



The Spine Network can facilitate appointments with highly qualified spinal surgeons who practice across California including the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles and San Diego, as well as Reno, NV.

In order to join the Spine Network of California, each surgeon is required to have completed additional spinal fellowship training. Spine Network of California affiliated surgeons each perform more than 100 surgeries a year, which is more than any other general orthopedist in the country. “Our surgeons are among the most experienced spinal care providers in the country: most have been in practice at least ten years, and some have been practicing for more than 20 years,” says Trudy Maurer, CEO. “Their advanced training and expertise make them uniquely qualified to correct the full range of spinal conditions--from the simplest injury to the most difficult failed surgery revision.”

For additional information, contact Trudy Maurer, CEO of The Spine Network of California at 1-888-673-4575 or visit http://www.spinenetwork.com

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