Complex Minimal Access Spinal surgery performed at Columbia Asia
KS Diwan/royalpatiala.in/ Patiala
Binder Kaur a 53 year old obese lady from Kaithal was suffering from lower back pain and pain radiating to both her lower limbs for 6 months. She also started having numbness and difficulty walking. She had tried physiotherapy and injections but had no relief.
Kaur then consulted Dr Gaurav Sharma, Consultant Spine Surgery at Columbia Asia hospital in Patiala where her xrays and MRI revealed high grade Spondylolisthesis (slippage of last bone of spine) with severe compression of the nerves.
Dr Gaurav Sharma, with fellowship training at Singapore General Hospital explained to her that surgery was required to correct her condition. However with the latest technology it was now possible to fix her condition with Minimally Invasive Disc height Restoration. Her surgery was challenging because of her obesity, the distance between the skin and the bone from the back was 11 cm.
She finally underwent MIS TLIF (Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion) at L5S1 to reduce the bone slippage. She was mobilized next day after surgery. Now almost 3 months after Surgery she is able to walk without support and without any back or leg pain. Previously these surgeries were performed using open techniques which resulted in more pain, blood loss and recovery was delayed.
To make sure no damage to spinal nerve roots occur during surgery, Intraoperative Neuromonitoring was used. This modality makes spine surgery safer and is available in select centres in Punjab.