Back pain is one of the most common problems that people can suffer from. These issues can be as a result of sciatica, spondylosis, spinal stenosis and herniated disc just to name one of the many causes of back and or neck pain. There are a multitude of ways of treating these ailments form minimally invasive to surgical procedures. Some of the most common surgical treatments for back or neck pain are Lumbar discectomy or laminectomy and minimally invasive lumbar decompression. Dr. Greg Finch is trained in all areas. Dr. Greg Finch is an orthopaedic surgeon practicing medicine at Nucleus Medical Suites in Buderim. Dr. Finch has experience in all of the causes of back and neck pain as well as the proper methods for treatment of these issues. For many people this pain can be debilitating. Relieving this pain increases the quality of life for the patient.
Lumbar discectomy or Laminectomy is a surgical procedures which involves relieving the pressure that the bones place on the nerves running through the spinal cord. This can be a result of bony growths that occur or from stenosis which is the narrowing of the area which the nerves run through causes by the vertebral disc. For this procedure the area that is causing the pain is opened and the boney growth or bone from the disc is removed to allow space for the nerves to run freely without being compressed. Retractors are used to push away the muscles and tendons in the area allowing the surgeon to have a clear visual field when operating on the disc to remove bone fragments. With traditional open back surgery these muscles and tendons would have to be cut in order to get to the area of repair resulting in more time needed for healing and a longer hospital stay.
Minimally invasive lumbar decompression
For back pain sufferers who have numbness in the legs to radiating pain due to spinal stenosis, sciatica as well as many other ailments this technique is preferred because it does not require as invasive of a surgery. An imaging machine is placed over the area that is being operated on and a small incision is made in the area that is being treated. The surgeon then places retractors or spacers to allow a clear space for the surgeon to work. Then either the bone is shaved down if the pain is caused by excess bone growth or space is made to allow the nerves to have the space needed to be pain free. By using the same small incision the surgeon can also go to the other side of the disc and do the same thing without multiple incisions or larger ones. The retractors are removed and all muscles and tendons are intact. The patient is usually able to go home within hours and the downtime is minimal.
Dr. Greg Finch
Dr. Greg Finch is an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in both minimally invasive and invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Finch is a member of the Spine Society of Australia, the North American Spine Society NASS and a fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Greg Finch specializes in the treatment of all spinal conditions and disorders including spinal deformities, spinal stenosis, protruding discs, cervical and lumbar spine disorders and practices all surgical methods and techniques. Dr. Finch trained in the U.S.A as well as the U.K..