Spine Institute Northwest’s YouTube Channel: How We Helped Patients

Dr. Solomon Kamson at Spine Institute Northwest invites you to listen to patient testimonials and discover more about minimally invasive surgical techniques that can help relieve your persistent back pain. It’s time to get back your life and stop living in pain. The relief you seek is close at hand, without months of lying prone during post-surgical recovery.

Tune in to SpineInstituteNW on YouTube to hear about our actual patients’ experiences and satisfaction after undergoing a number of different treatment options with Dr. Sol Kamson, a Spine Institute Northwest physician.

Real Patients Tell You Their Stories

Once you meet with Sol Kamson, you will understand that you have chosen the right path for finding a solution to your chronic pain without having to endure invasive open-back surgery. Before or even after meeting with Dr. Kamson, though, take a look at the many YouTube videos our patients have made to share their stories and the success they’ve found with the help of Solomon Kamson MD PhD.

One recent patient, Anita, is a 44-year-old dental assistant who has endured neck and arm pain for the last 15 years. After trying weekly massages, acupuncture, and meeting with a surgeon who recommended she undergo three fusion surgeries, Anita decided she did not want to go this aggressive type of treatment. Nor did she want to continue with treatments that weren’t helping her pain in the long run. Instead, she met with Sol Kamson, who recommended decompression with stem cell therapies to help her get her life back on track.

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What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

The term minimally invasive is used frequently when discussing surgery, especially when it involves the neck or back. However, “minimally invasive” can sometimes confuse patients. What exactly does minimally invasive mean? What does it mean in terms of recovery? While these general rules will apply to any minimally invasive surgery, it can help to speak to a spine and neck surgeon such as Dr. Solomon Kamson of the Spine Institute Northwest to determine what minimally invasive means for a specific type of surgery.

Dr. Kamson during surgery

What Does Minimally Invasive Mean?
In an open surgery, a surgeon will usually make an incision that is 5 to 6 inches long. Then, the surgeon pulls the muscle in this area aside to reach the area they are performing surgery on. This has a higher risk of damaging muscle tissue, which can increase postoperative pain and recovery time, in comparison to minimally invasive surgery.

In contrast, minimally invasive surgery requires only a small incision to be made by the surgeon. Advancements in medical technology allow the entire surgery to be performed through this small incision. Once the incision has been made, the surgeon uses special operating tools and guiding technology, such as an endoscope or microscopic camera. In some cases, the incisions are as small as 2 centimeters.

Minimally invasive surgeries are approved for use treating many back and neck conditions. These include degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, spinal deformities and infections, vertebral compression fractures, herniated discs, spinal tumors, and more.

What are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery?
There are many benefits to minimally invasive surgery, including better cosmetic results (less scarring), less surgical blood loss, faster recovery, less rehabilitation, and reduced risk of muscle damage, infection, and postoperative pain. Minimally invasive surgery allows for better cosmetic results because incisions are smaller and take less time to heal, so that there is not a large scar. Additionally, minimally invasive surgery reduces the trauma to muscles and soft tissue because it requires little to no cutting of this area. This causes all the other benefits.

Another possible benefit to minimally invasive surgery is a shorter operating time, and the possibility of not needing anesthesia. Many minimally invasive surgeries can be performed as outpatient procedures. These are performed with only a local anesthetic. The patient does not have to be put under, and can have their surgery completed in a short amount of time.

How Fast Does a Patient Recover from Minimally Invasive Surgery?
The recovery time for minimally invasive surgery varies depending on the particular surgery and the patient involved. The procedures for minimally invasive surgery require little to no muscle to be cut. This significantly reduces the amount of recovery time, in comparison to open surgery methods. In addition to less recovery time, the physical therapy process will also be shorter.

What are the Risks Associated with Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Similarly to any other surgical procedure, there are potential risks associated with minimally invasive surgery. These include adverse reaction to the anesthetic, unexpected blood loss, and localized infections. While the likelihood of adverse reaction to the anesthetic is the same as any other type of surgery, other risks are reduced. Minimally invasive surgery reduces the risk of unexpected blood loss and localized infections.

Spine Surgery Complications

While most spine surgeries are successful and relieve patients of severe pain, there is the possibility of complications. Every surgery comes with the risk of something going wrong, and spine surgery is no different. Reactions to anesthesia, blood clots, and lingering pain are just some examples of what can make the operation less than perfect. There are also very serious problems that may arise due to the fact that the procedure is done near the spine and spinal cord. Dr. Kamson and the surgeons at the Spine Institute Northwest work to educate patients about the possibility of complications before surgery is recommended.

Reactions to Anesthesia
Patients have to sign release forms every time they are put under anesthesia because of the fact that so many others have suffered from issues during and after surgery. Most patients need to be put under or given general anesthesia, and this can cause allergic reactions, can interfere with other medical conditions, and can make it difficult for some people to come out of it.

Every surgery comes with the risk of infection. It is possible to get just an infection in the skin around the wound, and that can be cured with antibiotics. More serious infections are those that are inside the wounds themselves, and they require stronger antibiotics or possibly more surgery to drain them. Infections can be prevented by giving antibiotics to the patient prior to the surgery. Solomon Kamson knows about the risks and will take all of the steps necessary to prevent them.

Deep Vein Thrombosis
When blood clots form in the legs, it is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Clots tend to form after surgery because the body is working so hard to stop the bleeding that is caused by the operation. They can cause swelling in the calf or, in the worst case scenario, travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. This is a serious complication because it can result in death. In order to prevent this from happening, patients are encouraged to get up and move around as soon as possible. Those who are unable to move can wear support hose that squeeze the veins of the legs closed. Medicine such as aspirin or heparin shots can also be administered.

Lung Issues
It is vital that your lungs are working at their best capacity after surgery because you must get oxygen to the parts of the body that need to heal. Anesthesia and pain medication cause your breathing to slow, preventing your lungs from getting the exercise they need. Patients are at high risk for developing pneumonia or getting a collapsed lung if they do not work the lungs. In order to prevent problems, patients are encouraged to sit up as soon as possible and take plenty of deep breaths. Coughing also helps keep the lungs working.

Other Complications
Hardware or implants can move out of place, and more surgery will need to be performed to correct the problem. Damage to the spinal cord can also take place, causing total or partial paralysis. A patient may also still feel pain or suffer from sexual dysfunction. Before making the decision to have spine surgery, speak to Dr. Kamson about the various complications that may arise so that you are prepared for all outcomes.

The Right Spine Center To Diagnose Your Pain

Today lots of people suffer from chronic back pain that doesn’t get well irrespective of good traditional medical and surgical treatment. Lower back pain and neck pain have grown to be the major health issues of the modern era. Spine specialists possess a particular expertise in diagnoses and/or treatments for back pain and spinal conditions and Dr. Sol Kamson uses innovative technology to help people with chronic spine pain.

The Spine Institute Northwest includes large group of physicians from different areas of expertise who have come together to deliver specialized care for patients with neck and back pain. We at Spine Institute Northwest only treat spine problems, and consequently, our physicians are highly professional and very experienced. We use better plan for treatment that is specific for each and every patient. We particularly concentrate on treating patients who have had unsuccessful spine surgical treatment.

Making use of the latest techniques, I actively takes part in research that ultimately results in improved treatments of spinal disorders, and he is acknowledged internationally as one of the top spine surgeons for treating spine problems. To improve awareness of spinal disorders, you will also find educational forums and blogs maintained and updated by Dr. Kamson.

Call (206) 457-2933 to get proper treatment with an accurate and complete spine problem diagnosis. Dr. Solomon Kamson, M.D, together with his team is devoted to help individuals who find themselves interested in understanding on how they can start taking get pleasure from an energetic life again.