The number of Indians suffering from severe back is on the rise.

Yashoda Group of Hospitals today demonstrated how the minimally invasive surgery for spine can be useful for those suffering from spine-related backache.

Referred to as Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS TLIF), this was demonstrated by distinguished surgeon Jörg Franke, Director, Clinic for Spine Surgery, Klinikum Dortmund, Germany.

About 80 per cent of the population worldwide suffers from severe back pains. At present, the number of Indians suffering from severe back is on the rise. The dramatic increase in obesity in the country may be partly to blame.

Being overweight or obese can significantly contribute to symptoms associated with back pain. Apart from obesity, sedentary lifestyle, long hours sitting in fixed positions at work especially among software professionals, increased smoking habits, bad roads and long drives, also contribute to the rise in chronic back pain in India.

The goal of the international workshop is to bring the benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS), including its safety and efficacy. This is performed to relieve intractable back pain, numbness, tingling and weakness, restore nerve function and prevent or stop abnormal motion in the spine.

While traditional lumbar fusion surgery involves a long incision, significant blood loss and injury to the back muscles, this procedure is performed through small-hole incisions resulting in a faster recovery with less tissue damage and less pain.

rishikumar.vundi@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 12, 2012)
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