Those who suffer from neck and back pain know that it can be very frustrating. Not only might you be dealing with the day-to-day pain, but also with the anxiety and problems that come from simply trying to find relief. The Canadian healthcare system is often backed up, taking months to see a doctor even to get a diagnosis.
Many Canadians have found a solution to their pain just across the U.S. border. With many different minimally invasive treatments for neck and back pain, the Spine Institute Northwest boasts a caring staff with doctors that have years of experience specializing in treating pain. From the moment you speak with the staff, you will know you made the right decision as you begin the journey to treating your pain. Located near Seattle, the Spine Institute Northwest specializes in minimally invasive surgical and nonsurgical options, unlike the traditional open-back surgery often practiced in Canada.
An Endoscopic Assisted Nerve Excision can relieve chronic pain due to facet joints being enlarged or worn. This minimally invasive procedure will give you a quick recovery time, and very little post-operative pain. The nerves that produce pain are removed with the use of special tools and a laser through a small incision. Most patients typically require 2-3 nerves to be removed on each side. Usually each nerve takes around 30 minutes to remove, and within days you will be able to return to your everyday routine.
A herniated disc can cause unbearable pain and discomfort. Unlike open-back surgery, Endoscopically Assisted Spinal Decompression uses only a small incision for minimal damage to the muscles and tissues surrounding the area. This causes less post-operative pain, and gives patients a quicker recovery time. Tissue from the inner disc and outer rim are removed in a procedure that takes about 90 minutes for each level.
Another procedure offered by the Spine Institute Northwest for patients who need a more intensive treatment is Lumbar Interbody Fusion and Facet Fixation, which requires a fusion of the spine. With this procedure, surgeons are able to repair the spine from the side instead of the front or back side. This gives the patient a quicker recovery time, less post-operative pain, and a higher rate of success. Traditional open-back surgery methods can take months to recover from, while this procedure can take only a matter of weeks to heal.
The Spine Institute Northwest is dedicated to relieving you of pain with these and other minimally invasive spine surgery options. The doctors from the Spine Institute have recently traveled to Calgary and offered free seminars for Alberta residents who want to learn more about spine surgery options. These have been extremely informative for attendees, and more will likely be scheduled in the future to help Canadians relieve their neck and back pain.