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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
* 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
Operative and Non-Operative Fracture Care
LEONARD JOSEPH MARCHINSKI, M.D.
1270 Broadcasting Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Education & Training
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
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).
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.
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