I’m always fascinated by 3D printing technology application in spinal surgery. 3D printing have been used to help in scoliosis operations, and as far back as 2014, we’ve seen doctors perform surgeries using 3D printed vertebrae in Australia, India, and China. Xiao Wen recently had a risky surgery at Shanghai Changzheng Hospital after she was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma this spring. This is a rare type of cancer, and is one of the most difficult bone tumors to diagnose and treat. The doctors realized they would have to remove all six of the bones affected by the tumor, and replace them with custom 3D printed bones, made of titanium alloy. The successful two-part surgery took place over 13 hours in July. Xiao Wen is recovering slowly, and while she’s unable to turn her head normally, she is able to walk. More details on this surgery here.
On August 2 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Croff were awarded $4.5 million in damages because Mr. Croff’s spine surgery changed their love life. You will find more details and the court exhibit by following this link.
After a diagnostic MRI scan, the surgeon, referred to as Dr C, advised the patient she needed a herniated disc removed – called discectomy surgery – at level 4/5 of her spine.
During the operation, Dr C found a “large amount” of scar tissue, and identified the level of the spine on which to operate using an X-ray image intensifier – standard procedure, according to the Health and Disability Commission decision. But a follow-up MRI in June showed the surgeon appeared to have operated on discs at spinal level 3/4, not level 4/5. The doctor never told the patient about the mistake. After a second orthopaedic surgeon reviewed the scan, it was discovered that Dr C had operated on the wrong level. You can find more details about this nightmware here.
Bravo to the teenager who decided to wear a backless dress to proudly display her scar from the spinal surgery! Read the full story here.
While the world’s best golfers are at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, vying for the British Open Tiger Woods is in Florida recuperation from yet another back surgery earlier this year. As a survivor of two back surgeries I wish him well! Details here
Heard was found dead on July 21, 2017 in his hotel room in Palo Alto, California he had reportedly been staying at the hotel after “minor back surgery” last week. Details here
As any person with back pain I am interested to hear and read about other person’s experiences. I stumbled on this article that concentrates on JFK’s back problems. From his back pain, to his multiple surgeries, to even a theory of how the back brace he wore prevented him from ducking and possibly avoiding the fatal shot. I thought it was an interesting article!
No drugs are injected through the solid “dry” needle used to penetrate the skin, muscles and tendons, giving the process its name. Hovel locates trigger points, or painful areas in a muscle or tendon, then inserts a monofilament needle, the same kind used for acupuncture, into the tissue until the patient feels a “deep ache” or the muscle twitches. Electrical stimulation from a 9-volt battery is sometimes used to spur the twitching response in muscles.
Dry needling derived from clinical trials in the United States in the 1940s that injected trigger points with corticosteroids, analgesics and saline. In the 1970s, Czechoslovakian Dr. Karel Lewit found that patients showed signs of improvement from just the needling effect, whether or not any drugs were injected.
Canadian physician Dr. Chan Gunn took things a step further. Gunn, widely acknowledged as the innovator of the practice in North America, dubbed the technique “intramuscular stimulation.” He theorized that peripheral nerve pain caused trigger points to tighten and compress, but if pain signals were interrupted by the insertion of a needle, the muscle would return to its natural state.
Mazor Robotics specializes in robotic surgical systems. FDA approved Mazor spinal system. Learn more about Mazor in this article.