The body speaks to us in many ways. At the centre of the body, holding all points together is the spine. It is thought that between 60 to 80 percent of adults have, or will experience, back pain at least once in their lifetime. If you happen to be in Bangkok when your back starts acting up, then you may just be in the right place.
Bangkok Hospital, always trying to stay abreast of the latest medical technologies, has recently opened its doors to its newest addition - the Full Endoscopic Spine Clinic at the Bangkok Hospital Medical Centre – one of the only centres in Thailand combining the knowledge of both a neuro-surgeon and an orthopedic surgeon when tackling lower back pain and spinal injuries.
Dr.Sompoch Paiboonsirijit sat down to give us an overview of the back, spine, their new centre and why Bangkok Hospital is best equipped to give the weakest backs the strongest support.
Back surgery is one of not only the most common types of operations performed but it is also one of the most worrisome. In the most recent past, spinal surgery usually involved in-patient care with a hospital recovery period of up to a week. Now, at Full Endoscopic Spine Clinic they have harnessed the latest technological advances and improve on a practically flawless track record.
“We are very proud of the work we do here. And while back surgery has a 95 percent success rate, there is always room for improvement. That’s why we look at back problems using both neurological as well as orthopedic schools of thought and have created the most minimally invasive surgery possible,” said Dr. Paiboonsirijit.
Minimally invasive surgery is exactly what it sounds like - the easiest, least offensive, involving the quickest recovery and the least pain to the patient. This operation entails making the smallest of incisions (less than one centimeter in diameter) to the body. Through this incision an endoscope – a thin lighted tube with an attached camera – along with surgical instruments are passed through enabling the surgeon to view the problem area on a monitor and operate without having to make a large incision.
“With this new technology we are able to perform the operation while disturbing as little tissue as possible. In addition patients are less likely to develop any complications, recover more quickly and are able to return sooner than later to their normal daily routine,” Dr.Paiboonsirijit went on to say.
At the Full Endoscopic Spine Clinic, Dr.Paiboonsirijit and others tackle all types of spinal afflictions. From herniated discs, spinal stenosis (arthritis of the spine), spinal deformity (scoliosis) and spinal fusion they are able to handle most patients effectively with the latest technology in spine surgery. With spinal fusion surgery, a more entailed operation, the patient has an average of hospital recovery period of two to three days.
Evaluating back problem is a thorough and detailed process. Like investigating a crime scene, the surgeons need to know everything that led to the problem itself. “We gather all the information we can – test results, MRIs, X-rays, bone scans, CAT scans – anything that can help us make the appropriate diagnosis. We then sit down with the patient and through a consultation we devise the best plan of attack for optimum recovery,” said Dr.Paiboonsirijit.
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