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Spine surgeon Dr. Kenneth Light says two high-tech procedures relieve back pain, restore motion.
Dr. Kenneth Light of San Francisco is known as the "Doctor of Last Resort" for helping people with back problems & chronic pain and for fixing unsuccessful procedures. He says that two newer procedures can improve the quality of life for many people.
* Spinal stenosis
* Bone fractures
* Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
Dr. Light says that two high-tech procedures are revolutionizing back treatment:
1. The "X-LIF" System For Minimally-Invasive Back Surgery helps patients with spinal disc degeneration & other back problems.
For most, back pain is only a temporary problem that can be alleviated with conservative (non-surgical)
The lower back surgery technique, called Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, or “X-LIF” is a possible surgical alternative for sufferers of back injuries, painful scoliosis and degenerated spinal discs.
X-LIF involves a small incision in the patient's side over the hurt disc. X-rays guide tubes down to the spine using special tools to avoid muscle and tissue damage. They're locked into place with a flexible arm so the doctor can fuse the spine. (Conventional surgery requires a 12-inch incision.)
Aside from getting rid of the pain and recovering quickly, the X-LIF procedure has other benefits compared to the traditional open back surgery known as standard lumbar fusion. There is less blood loss, the incision is shorter, the operation is quick and the fusion of the spinal disc is better. In the standard back surgery, it can take six months to a year to fully recover. But this new technique cuts that down to six to eight weeks.
Now there is a better approach - total disc replacement using a device called the “ProDisc-L Implant,” says Dr. Light, “Artificial disc replacement is an attempt to fix complicated back problems without resorting to a spinal fusion.” The implant has been designed to maintain the physiological range of motion in the spine An added benefit is shortened recovery time for most patients. “I believe that artificial disc replacement will eventually replace 70% to 80% of all spinal fusion surgeries," says Dr. Light Most patients experience little downtime after the procedure and can often return to most regular activities in a matter of days.
For more information visit Dr. Kenneth Light's website: http://www.drkennethlight.com or call 415.673.4500. Dr. Light is featured in a recent news story:
Dr. Kenneth Light graduated from the Cornell University College of Medicine in New York City. He completed his residency in Orhopaedic Surgery at the University of California in San Francisco., and completed a fellowship in spinal surgery under the guidance of Edward H. Simmons at the State University of New York in Buffalo.
Dr. Light was director of the spine clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, and was founder and medical director of the San Francisco Spine Center at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, is board certified with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at University of California, San Francisco. He is currently in private practice in San Francisco where he specializes in reconstructive surgery in patients who have had failed back surgery.
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