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BPB ALERT – ENDOSCOPIC SPINAL SURGERY THE BEST ROUTE FOR LOWER BACK PAIN…

Deseret News wrote that endoscopic spinal surgery need not be only for the physically fit people struggling with severe pain issues relating to spinal compression. This type of surgery expands opportunities for certain patients, those that are older or a little bit frailer and for whom a small surgery and quicker recovery makes sense, particularly when doing an open procedure has greater risks.

Endoscopic spinal surgery is limited in scope to primarily disc herniations and the narrowing of the spinal cord, which is essentially like an open procedure but done with smaller tools, which means it takes longer. With an endoscope, you don’t need to remove things to see, and you can achieve a decompression of the spine that removes less bone.

Advantages to having endoscopic spinal surgery are that it is done under local anesthetic with a skin incision of only 5-10mm length, which is significantly less invasive than open spine surgery. The pain relief is immediate or within a few hours after the surgery. And, it allows the patient to return home within 24 hours after the operation so much less risk of developing any complications.

The BMI Healthcare group which list MISS (minimally invasive spinal surgery) write about MISS as minimally invasive spinal surgery that early treatment is the most practical, successful and cost-effective solution to back pain. Back pain is caused by a number of different conditions, many of which can be diagnosed and treated by our team of highly specialised consultant surgeons and physiotherapists.

MISS allows treatment for a greater variety of conditions for patients of a wider age and infirmity range unlike previously where none could be offered. Minimally invasive spine surgery is very promising and has the distinct advantage of all endoscopic surgery (avoiding soft tissue and bone trauma). It gives the patient a much faster recovery, with a reduced surgical risk.

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SPINAL CORD INJURY AWARENESS DAY MAY 15th, 2021…

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day on May 15th – This year’s theme is spinal cord injury at any age. Post it on Twitter or Facebook and don’t forget to add #LivingWithSCI. Aspire – supporting people with spinal injury.

Aspire is a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury. A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time, and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure.


People with Spinal Cord Injury will lose muscle and sensory control and a large majority will become full time wheelchair users for the rest of their lives. Historically, the majority of spinal injuries have been sustained by those aged 21 to 30, with nearly three quarters of new spinal cord injury patients being male. However, Spinal Cord Injury is increasingly affecting older people now too. Approximately 2,500 people sustain a spinal cord injury in the UK each year.

Through its projects and programmes, Aspire offers practical support to the 50,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the UK, from newly injured spinal cord injury patients in hospital and throughout their lives. This support allows people with spinal injury to lead fulfilled and independent lives in their homes, with their families, in their workplace and in leisure time.

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day 2021 is held on May 14th. This annual awareness event is arranged by the Spinal Injuries Association in conjunction with other charities. The day aims to raise the profile of spinal injuries and increase awareness and understanding of spinal cord injuries and their impact, effect and treatment.

The awareness day helps people to understand why and how spinal cord injuries affect people, and what treatment and care is available and needed. Spinal injuries continue to be researched for treatment and cure, and in some cases it is possible to recover the use of the limbs and regain some activities, it depends on the injury, but usually it is a lifelong injury. The awareness day provides information for sufferers, carers, health professionals and the general public on all of this.