What You Don’t Know About Laminectomy and Intervertebral Disc Removal

Dr. Leonard J. Marchinski, Pennsylvania

Living in the digital age, the use of digital devices like smartphones, personal computers and laptops has increased many folds from what it was, say, a decade ago. This increased usage of these devices is playing a major role in making our lifestyles sedentary. With each passing day, our bodies are paying the cost of this change. One of the major problems people face because of their inactive lifestyle is back pain.

Constant back pain makes it difficult for people to carry out daily tasks such as walking, bending and climbing the stairs. They even find it difficult to sit in one position because of the nagging pain. Some people get rid of this pain through medicines while others have to undergo complex surgical procedures for relieving back pain. Let’s take a look at two surgical procedures that are widely used to treat back problems.

Laminectomy

It is the process of removing the lamina – the bone that makes up the curved portion of your spinal cord. The lamina is usually removed when it starts compressing the nerves present inside the spinal cord. The compression makes it difficult for people to walk around because of terrible pain and extreme discomfort in the back, arms or legs.

The nerves are compressed because of an overgrowth inside the spinal cord. This bony overgrowth is usually a result of spinal arthritis but some people develop these overgrowths as part of the aging process.

General anesthesia is administered before back surgery. The surgeon will make a small incision on your back at the site of the bony overgrowth. They will then remove the lamina using small surgical tools. The incision will be sealed and you will be kept under observation for a few days until you fully recover from the surgery.

Intervertebral Disc Excision

Also known as discectomy, this surgical procedure is used to remove the disc that connects two adjacent vertebrae of your spinal cord. This connective disc may be removed due to a number of reasons such as continuous back pain that doesn’t subside with medication, a herniated disc, and extreme leg pain.

The doctor will inspect your spinal cord through x-ray scans to locate the intervertebral disc that’s causing trouble. You will be called in for surgery after you have cleared all the initial screening tests. General anesthesia will be administered before the surgery starts so that your body becomes numb and you do not feel anything. Next, the doctor will make a small incision on top of your backbone and remove the intervertebral disc. The incision will be sealed and you will be kept under observation until you fully recover from the surgery.

Potential Complications

Just like every other surgery, there are a few potential complications associated with back surgeries such as laminectomy and discectomy. Here is a list of the possible complications:

* Spinal nerve damage
* Development of blood clots
* Bleeding
* Infection at the surgical site
* Spinal fluid leak
* Recurring back pain

If the above-mentioned potential complications associated with back surgeries have made you nervous, here’s a fact that will ease your mind. Around 525,000 back procedures have been carried out in 2011 and that is a huge number. If there are so many people out there who have solved their back pain problem through surgery, maybe such surgery is for you! Book an appointment with your doctor to discuss the possibility of back surgery to treat the pain.

About Leonard Joseph Marchinski, MD

Dr. Leonard J. Marchinski is a medical doctor in Pennsylvania, focusing on orthopedic surgery.
In addition to General Orthopedics, Dr. Marchinski provides medical and surgical treatments such as:

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release and treatment of similar Nerve Compression Syndromes
Wrist Arthroscopy and treatment of Wrist Instability
Reconstruction of the Base of the Thumb Joint
Tendon and Ligament Repair, Reconstruction, Transfers
Shoulder Replacement
Operative and Non-Operative Fracture Care

Contact

LEONARD JOSEPH MARCHINSKI, M.D.
1270 Broadcasting Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610
Phone: 484-709-1515
Fax: 610-372-7684

Education & Training

Dr. Leonard J. Marchinski received his undergraduate education at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia (Biology, 1974-1977), and his Medical Degree in 1981 from The Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel-Hahnemann).

Dr. Marchinski trained in in General Orthopedics at Philadelphia’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel-Hahnemann) (1981-1982), and completed post-graduate fellowship training in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California (1987-1988).

Dr. Marchinski established his medical practice in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 1988.  He received Board Certification by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons (ABOS) in 1990, and a Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity 1993.
Since July 2017, Dr. Marchinski maintains his office in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

Professional Associations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Medical Association
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Berks County Medical Society
Philadelphia Orthopedic Society
Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society

References

Website: https://leonardmarchinskimd.com/
Video: https://video.vitals.com/Dr_Leonard_Marchinski.mp4
Blog: https://leonardmarchinskimd.wordpress.com/
News: https://medicogazette.com/dr-leonard-j-marchinski#79296231-68fa-4702-9a29-11f9238139ea
News: https://hippocratesguild.com/dr-leonard-j-marchinski
News: https://hype.news/leonardmarchinskimd/
Reference: https://health.usnews.com/doctors/leonard-marchinski-253046
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-leonard-marchinski-174236181/

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All You Need to Know About Hip Replacement Surgeries

Dr. Leonard Marchinski, Pennsylvania

In 2011, doctors performed about 467,000 hip replacement procedures. Doctors recommend hip replacement surgeries to patients who have a partially or fully damaged hip bone and find it difficult to walk around. It must be performed by an expert doctor because it is a complicated procedure that needs to be performed with great care and attention.

What Is Hip Replacement?

It is a procedure used to replaced hip joints that are worn out using an artificial joint made up of plastic and metal. Basically, there are two types of hip replacement surgeries – total and partial. The doctor will choose one of these types depending on the condition of the patient.

What Happens During Hip Replacement Surgery?

First, the doctor will examine the condition of your hip joints via different imaging techniques. By looking at the condition of your joints, the professional will choose either a partial or a total hip replacement procedure. Let’s look at both procedures one by one and see how doctors choose the right type of hip replacement procedure.

Total Hip Replacement

When the hip joint has been affected by arthritis and the person experiences severe pain while walking, a total hip replacement is recommended by their doctor to treat their condition. During this procedure, the upper part of the thigh bone is removed and an implant is used to join it with the hip bone. The implant consists of a metal socket, a ball joint and a long stem liner that fixes into the thigh bone. The metal socket is placed in the hollow pelvic bone and a metallic ball is placed in it that is attached to the thigh bone via the liner. This artificial implant allows the patient to move around without any pain.

The implant can be made up of different materials such as metal, ceramic and plastic. The ball and liner both can either be made of metal or ceramic or they can be used with plastic. Your doctor will recommend which implant is better for you after assessing the condition of your hip bone. They will also take your age, weight and your daily activities under consideration. The implant will be selected based on your lifestyle whether you are active or you have a sedentary lifestyle.

Partial Hip Replacement

Partial hip replacement is recommended for patients who have broken their hip bone or fractured it because of an accident. It does not completely replace your hip joint with an implant. Only the ball of the joint is replaced and the socket is kept in its original condition.
Depending on the type of fracture, your doctor will place the artificial ball joint in the hip bone socket. If the fracture is very severe, the doctor might not be able to fix it through a partial hip replacement and opt for a total replacement procedure.

The doctor will give you general anesthesia so that you do not feel any pain during the surgery. Next, they will make an incision near the hip joint and replace the worn out joint with an implant. The incision will be sealed and the doctor will keep you under observation for a few days until your incision is completely healed and you’re able to walk without any difficulty.
If you think that you need a hip replacement surgery, consult your doctor today. They will tell you which surgery is better according to the condition of your hip joint.

About Leonard Joseph Marchinski, MD

Dr. Leonard J. Marchinski is a medical doctor in Pennsylvania, focusing on orthopedic surgery.

In addition to General Orthopedics, Dr. Marchinski provides medical and surgical treatments such as:

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release and treatment of similar Nerve Compression Syndromes
Wrist Arthroscopy and treatment of Wrist Instability
Reconstruction of the Base of the Thumb Joint
Tendon and Ligament Repair, Reconstruction, Transfers
Shoulder Replacement
Operative and Non-Operative Fracture Care

Contact
LEONARD JOSEPH MARCHINSKI, M.D.
1270 Broadcasting Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610
Phone: 484-709-1515
Fax: 610-372-7684

Education & Training
Dr. Leonard J. Marchinski received his undergraduate education at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia (Biology, 1974-1977), and his Medical Degree in 1981 from The Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel-Hahnemann).

Dr. Marchinski trained in in General Orthopedics at Philadelphia’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel-Hahnemann) (1981-1982), and completed post-graduate fellowship training in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California (1987-1988).

Dr. Marchinski established his medical practice in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 1988.  He received Board Certification by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons (ABOS) in 1990, and a Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity 1993.
Since July 2017, Dr. Marchinski maintains his office in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

Professional Associations
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Medical Association
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Berks County Medical Society
Philadelphia Orthopedic Society
Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society

References
Website: https://leonardmarchinskimd.com/
Video: https://video.vitals.com/Dr_Leonard_Marchinski.mp4
Blog: https://leonardmarchinskimd.wordpress.com/
News: https://medicogazette.com/dr-leonard-j-marchinski#79296231-68fa-4702-9a29-11f9238139ea
News: https://hippocratesguild.com/dr-leonard-j-marchinski
News: https://hype.news/leonardmarchinskimd/
Reference: https://health.usnews.com/doctors/leonard-marchinski-253046
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-leonard-marchinski-174236181/

Blog about Orthopedic Medical Issues

Experienced orthopedic doctor’s blog will address orthopedic and surgery issues that are often hard to understand for patients, such as Carpal Tunnel syndrome and bone fractures.

Doctor Leonard J. Marchinski, focusing on orthopedic surgery, started a Blog to provide easy-to-understand information about the many orthopedic and orthopedic surgery issues so that the public and patients can easily understand the underlying medical issues and treatments. The Blog is available at leonardmarchinskimd.wordpress.com.

In his Blog, Dr. Marchinski will provide information to the public about issues such as:

  • Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release and treatment of similar Nerve Compression Syndromes
  • Wrist Arthroscopy and treatment of Wrist Instability
  • Reconstruction of the Base of the Thumb Joint
  • Tendon and Ligament Repair, Reconstruction, Transfers
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Operative and Non-Operative Fracture Care

Dr. Marchinski explains that “in today’s medical practices, nurses, staff and medical doctors are rushed and rarely have the time to answer all questions that the patients have. When patients research online, such as on the website of the NIH (National Institutes of Health), they find highly complex answers that are very difficult to understand for a layperson. I decided to fill that information gap with explanatory articles that anybody can understand.”

For example, many people hear and talk about “Carpal tunnel syndrome” when their wrists hurt, but few understand how such condition is diagnosed and treated. “Carpal tunnel syndrome” is a common condition that causes numbness and tingling in the hand and arm. This medical condition occurs when the median nerve (one of the major nerves to the hand) is compressed. For most affected people, this condition worsens over time. Initially, the symptoms can be alleviated with non-surgical solutions, such as a wrist splint and steroid injections. There are certain risk factors which increase the risk of Carpal Tunnel syndrome, such as heredity, repetitive hand use (in office settings, for example), and other health conditions such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Finally, sometimes surgery is required, called “carpal tunnel release.” Essentially, the types of surgery used increase the size of the tunnel and decrease pressure on the median nerve.

Dr. Marchinski’s blog is available at leonardmarchinskimd.wordpress.com