The human body normally has 12 thoracic vertebrae. The set of vertebrae that are integral to the rib cage are normally referred to as the thoracic vertebrae. Generally speaking these are the most rigid set of vertebrae of the vertebral column as they do not have the level of flexion as the cervical or the Lumbar vertebrae. However this does not mean that the set of thoracic vertebrae are free from comorbidities, merely because of their rather rigid nature in comparison to the rest. The thoracic vertebrae suffer from the same set of age related ailments and injury related issues, as the normal vertebral column.
For instance spinal stenosis. With the advancement of time there is a definitive depositing of tissue in the spinal cavity. This is called stenosis, as the spinal column through which the spinal cord and crucial nerve roots and blood vessels pass through, need their space for effective functioning. Contact wih the nerve roots or the spinal column can have debilitating consequences, because they are the carriers of the electric signals to the brain and physical contact can alter the chemical composition if the nerves, and may alter adversely their functioning. Also narrowing of the spinal column can also mean crimping of the blood vessels, which will lead to lesser blood flow to the extremities, and could lead to paralysis. The primary indication is the numbing of the fingers and the hands. The blood vessels supply the extremities of the body, and crimping or pinching of their structure could lead to loss of blood flow, which in turn would lead to paralysis. The spinal stenosis conditions also are characterized by tingling sensations in the arms and fingers, and numbness, in general.
Enter Minimally Invasive Thoracic Spine Surgery. Using flouroscopy, MRI and other means that the doctor may advise, the exact portion of the thoracic vertebrae that is causing the issue is identified, and isolated. The patient is administered general anesthesia and is prepped for surgery by laying the patient on his stomach. The surgeon makes keyhole incisions over the area of the problem vertebrae, and an endoscope is sent in with built in lights. Now the surgeon has a video feed of the actual spine and the problem area. Guide wires are sent into the body through the same keyhole incision made, and the surgeon remotely manipulates the instruments in order to ether separate the vertebrae or remove portions of it and use grafts to reconstruct the structure. The entire procedure is conducted like an outpatient and the recovery time is minimal.
At Navaladi Endo Spine Care, the minimally invasive surgical procedures are mastered over decades of successful surgeries, and the team’s role does not merely end with the surgery, it stretches beyond surgery into rehabilitation and recovery as well. Navaladi Endo Spine Care has some of the best counseling and physiotherapy services in the country, and ensure that the road to good health and normal living, is paved perfectly for the patients, post surgery.