Minimally Invasive Back Surgery Drastically Cuts Risks

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A groundbreaking new way to operate on one of the human body's most delicate areas has orthopedic surgeons providing new lives for patients, who formerly had little hope. Spinal surgeons are using a cutting-edge process called XLIF, or Extreme Lateral Intrabody Fusion, which incorporates smaller and less traumatic incisions, resulting in shorter, safer operations and less bleedingto at-risk patients, and faster recovery times. Dr. Rayshad Oshtory of the Post Street Surgery Center in San Francisco is one of the few orthopedic surgeons in the Bay Area using XLIF. Visit http://www.poststreetsurgery.com.

"The XLIF system will provide relief to many thousands of patients who otherwise would have lacked even a glimmer of hope," said Dr. Ray Oshtory.

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A groundbreaking new way to operate on one of the human body's most delicate areas has orthopedic surgeons providing new lives for patients, who formerly had little hope.
Spinal surgeons are using a cutting-edge process called XLIF, or Extreme Lateral Intrabody Fusion, which incorporates smaller and less traumatic incisions, resulting in shorter, safer operations and less bleedingto at-risk patients, and faster recovery times.

Dr. Rayshad Oshtory of the Post Street Surgery Center in San Francisco is one of the few orthopedic surgeons in the Bay Area using XLIF.

"Invasive surgery for back pain and disc problems was only a last-resort for some patients, due to serious risks and lack of efficacy," Dr. Oshtory said this week. "But the new XLIF system is faster, safer and more effective than any of the previous options."

Dr. Oshtory, a Stockton native and alumnus of MIT, UCLA Medical School and Stanford Medical Center, explained that traditional approaches expose a patient's internal organs to severe trauma, as surgeons had to reach the spine through a major incision in the abdomen, and operate near major organs.

"Blood loss, post-operative pain, and recovery time were therefore significant," Dr. Oshtory said. "XLIF involves a more simple one and one-half inch incision in the side of the patient's body. A tube is then inserted that expands inside the patient, through which I can reach the spine cleanly using specially designed surgical tools, with much less risk than former methods."

The emerging technology can be used to help patients with a variety of common and debilitating back problems, including thoracic disc herniation, degenerative scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis, among others.

Dr. Oshtory says the new XLIF system means surgeries for these problems and others, take less time. “It also allows us to operate on patients that previously were not surgical candidates, as the technique does not require manipulation of the great vessels or any of the abdominal organs.” Coupled with the smaller incision, it means minimal blood loss, reduced trauma, and less risk. "That is why patients recover so rapidly, and are not in as much pain," he said.

"Many patients with degenerative back diseases, which are bad enough to keep formerly active people in pain and bed-ridden, were not candidates for traditional spinal surgery, because of those risks of trauma," Dr. Oshtory said. "The new system will provide relief to many thousands of patients who otherwise would have lacked even a glimmer of hope."

The cost of XLIF is similar to traditional techniques, and it is covered by most insurers.

Benefits of XLIF (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) versus Traditional Invasive Surgery:

  •     Shorter surgery, and shorter duration under anesthesia
  •     Smaller incisions, less surgical scarring
  •     Drastically diminished blood loss
  •     Less overall body and internal organ trauma
  •     Quicker recovery time: patients leave hospital sooner and are on their feet faster
  •     Less pain, (and pain medication)
  •     Less overall cost. XLIF cost is similar to traditional surgery and both are covered by most insurers, however post-op costs are less

For more information: http://www.poststreetsurgery.com

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