Understanding the problem
A pinched nerve is a nerve under pressure. This pressure often comes from surrounding bone or soft tissues. A nerve under enough pressure will lose its ability to carry accurate signals, and its wayward signals can cause a variety of sensations in the body. For example, when a nerve is pinched or compressed, it can trigger the nerve to falsely signal pain. The compression also can limit the nerve’s ability to control the muscles it serves.
One of the most common places for a pinched nerve to occur is within the spine. The vertebral column surrounds nerve roots that innervate areas throughout the body, controlling muscle movements and sensations. These nerve roots are especially vulnerable to being pinched within the tightly packed spinal canal.
Understanding who suffers
A pinched nerve can be caused by a number of things, but is most commonly traced to a minor injury from daily activities or the presence of a degenerative spine condition.
Potential Signs and Symptoms
A pinched nerve is the most common cause of back pain in adults. In fact, spine conditions like a herniated disc or spinal stenosis do not cause pain or symptoms on their own; these symptoms only occur when a nearby nerve root is compressed. Therefore, most of the neck and back pain experienced is due to a pinched nerve near the spine.
Some of the most common symptoms of a pinched nerve in the cervical (neck), thoracic (middle back) or lumbar (lower back) spine include:
- Localized pain at the site of nerve compression
- Pain that radiates along the affected nerve
- Unexpected muscle weakness
- Muscle fatigue
- Numbness or tingling
- Burning sensation
Proposing Treatment and Why AIMIS
Following the diagnosis of a compressed nerve, conservative non-surgical treatment will initially be proposed. If conservative treatment fails to provide relief, your physician might recommend surgery.
Compressed nerve or pinched nerve surgery, is a procedure to decompress or release a trapped spinal nerve root, normally relieving the associated symptoms including: tingling, numbness, the associated pain, muscle weakness amongst other symptoms that can make life debilitating for those affected. A compressed or pinched spinal nerve can be due to a number of underlying causes, for example degenerative disc disease, a bone spur or disc collapse.
AIMIS is an expert in spine surgery and can provide minimally invasive procedures for a compressed or pinched nerve and can review and propose your type and course of treatment.
- Discectomy - involves the partial removal of a damaged disc that is causing symptoms. In removing the damaged part of the disc, pain can be alleviated, as well as the potential weakness and numbness caused by its impingement on a surrounding nerve.
- Laminotomy - to remove the bony roof of a vertebra so as to provide more space to compressed nerves and relieving the symptoms caused by impingement.
- Foraminotomy – involved the widening a vertebral opening to allow nerves to pass through to innervate the other areas of the body, providing more room for compressed , relieving the symptoms ranging from localized pain to radiating weakness.
- Fusions – in the case where the collapsed disc has lost significant height and can no longer support the surrounding vertebrae, spinal fusion involves the removal of the collapsed intervertebral disc, followed by a repositioning and fusing of the two neighbouring vertebrae.
AIMIS provides various surgical options depending on an individual’s problem and include:
- Minimally Invasive Decompression Surgery,
- Minimally Invasive Stabilization Surgery,
- Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery,
- Total Disk Replacement (TDR),
- Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion,
- Decompressor Discectomy,
- Lumbar Disc Microsurgery Treatment
Why minimally invasive spine surgery?
Minimally invasive spine surgery was developed to treat spine problems with less injury to the muscles and other normal structures in the spine. It also assists the surgeon to see where the problem exists in the spine. Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS), does not involve a long incision as is open surgery which helps to avoid damage to the muscles surrounding the spine. In most cases, this results in less pain after surgery and a significant faster recovery.
Spine surgery is normally recommended once a period of nonsurgical treatment likely including medications and physical therapy has not provided pain relief caused by the back problem. Surgery is considered when the source of your pain and underlying cause can be identified and surgical procedure proposed. Minimally invasive techniques today are common and being used for a wide range of spine procedures.
Benefits of minimal invasive spine surgery include:
- Small incisions
- Less pain. Often less pain than open procedures because less of the natural anatomy is disrupted
- Shorter Hospital stay
- Quicker return to daily activities
- Lower infection and complication rate
- Less blood loss. Smaller incisions also mean less blood loss, which can ultimately improve outcomes.
Minimally invasive procedures take a surgery that could be a dramatic event and makes it have less of an impact!
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Reputable and Prestigious Surgeons
AIMIS' skilled team of neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons and ancillary professionals has one of the leading experiences in the world for minimally invasive spine surgery. Our full team are consulted with each case to find the most suitable experienced doctor for the patient’s exact issue, to ensure the maximum potential outcome of treatment
Getting More Information Before Moving Forward
You may have questions like:
- Can I get more information before I commit to this?
- Can I get a second opinion from you before I commit to this?
- How can I find out the cost before I have any obligation?
What AIMIS Can do:
AIMIS will provide a full review, diagnosis and potential surgical options for your condition, after receiving the relevant examinations and information from you. They will also provide an estimate for your surgical procedure before you decide. AIMIS’s mission is to the provision of “true” healthcare for those who require it. It provides world leading surgeons using state of the art procedures to optimize potential surgical outcomes, whilst taking care of all arrangements so as to allow concentration on recovery.
AIMIS provide competitive prices for state of the art procedures. We also work with a large range of Insurance companies where your policy allows you to have surgery abroad.
Further information on the problem:
Pinched nerves in the upper spine
The location of the pinched nerve can determine the kind of weakness or discomfort one may be experiencing. For instance, the neck — the cervical region of the spine — is a common location for neural compressions. It moves and twists when nodding or shaking heads, turning to look at someone, ducking under a low-hanging branch, or any other of the many day-to-day experiences. A pinched nerve in the neck may cause symptoms in the neck itself, or anywhere in the upper back, shoulders, arms or hands. A pinched nerve in the neck can also cause headaches, and some patients have even experienced dizziness or vertigo.
Pinched nerves in the lower spine
The lumbar region of the spine - the lower back - facilitates the ability to crouch down, to sit with a friend, take a stroll, and the many other activities that require movement in the lower part of the bodies. This is also the section of the spine that supports the majority of the body weight, so it is especially vulnerable to degeneration of spinal components. A pinched nerve here can cause symptoms in areas such as the lower back, hips, buttocks, legs, feet
Further Information on Increased Risk Groups
Neural compression in the spine can have a variety of causes, not all of which can be anticipated and averted with simple lifestyle changes.
- Preventable – By exercising and managing weight, extra pressure can be taken off of the spinal anatomy, while still keeping surrounding muscles and bones strong. Always practicing good posture also helps keep the spine aligned and the weight distributed evenly across all spinal regions. Smoking wreaks havoc on the spine — not only does nicotine inhibit circulation, but it saps the nutrients from the intervertebral discs while also interfering with heart and lung function.
- Non-preventable – Leading causes of pinched nerves are degenerative diseases (degenerative disc disease and facet disease), which can occur as a natural part of aging. Some people are also born with genetic predispositions to pinched nerves, such as scoliosis, lordosis or Paget’s disease. Certain prenatal conditions, like spinal muscular atrophy, can also cause the spinal canal to be abnormally narrow, which greatly increases the risk of neural compression.
Why AIMIS for this Surgery
AIMIS strives for excellence in delivering the best surgical outcomes, via the extensive expertise of its prestige surgeons, its technologies, its highly trained staff and superior facilities to provide an individualized and compassionate experience in a comfortable environment. All patients are treated with the individual care they deserve in an effort to provide the best chance of successful treatment.
Other Services Provided by AIMIS
In addition to its Innovative Healthcare, AIMIS provides seamless service along the way. From the start of your journey you'll know the best flights to take, where you'll be staying, what paperwork you will need. You will have a personal assistant assigned; from your pick up at the airport, to your accommodation, continuous assistance at your pre-consultation, through surgery and in your postsurgical care. Our Patients have said that they feel they have become "part of our family" and some even asked to stay a little longer! AIMIS is here to assist you in an all you requirements, allowing you to focus on your health and recovery.