Open Spinal Surgery

Open Spinal Surgery

We also do Open Spinal Surgery

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Open Spinal Surgery is sometimes unavoidable.

For conditions such as Scoliosis, Spinal Cancer and other extensive conditions, there is sometimes no alternative than open spinal surgery. However, we believe that spinal surgery outcomes are related to the amount of damage caused to muscles and other supporting structures of the spine. Our specialists are experts in soft tissue preservation surgery.

During Open spinal surgery, the surgeon must ensure that  important tissues that stabilise the spine are not damaged. Often, ligaments, joint capsules, facet joints and other supporting structures are damaged during traditional spinal surgery. The damage to these structures leads to spinal instability and long term back pain. Although an operation may be considered successful in achieving its aim, the spine stability can be compromised and leave a patient with chronic back pain.

At The London Spine Unit, our surgeons are highly trained and understand the importance of spinal stability. They have specialist training in Orthopaedics which gives them a thorugh understanding of spine mechanics.

A discectomy involves the cutting away or removal of discs anywhere along the spine. The procedure can be a solution to any painful condition that causes the discs to bulge or protrude.

Our preferred method for performing a discectomy at the Harley Street spine unit is through the use of a laser. We have been harnessing the latest advancements in medical technology to carry out Laser Discectomies for many years because it poses less risk to sensitive surrounding tissues, blood vessels and nerves. As such, the procedure offers a greater chance of a successful outcome for the thousands of patients who visit our specialist back unit every year.

As a surgical treatment, Laser Discectomy offers great flexibility too. Whether the problem exists in the larger areas of the lower or mid back or the more restricted and sensitive area of neck, where it is common for the whole disc to be removed and replaced with an artificial substitute, lasers help our surgeons to quickly target and eliminate the core of the problem.

Our approach to treatment is always conservative first, in which case we will recommend a combination of medication and therapies such as osteopathy or physiotherapy to help improve symptoms while the body naturally recovers. Laser Discectomy, being friendlier to the body than conventional discectomy, would be our next port of call should any conservative treatment fail to bring improvements in a patient’s condition.

We are always striving to ensure we provide our patients with the best diagnosis, treatment and care possible, pre-, post and peri-op.

The London Spine Unit provides a second opinion service.

Open Spinal Surgery FAQ

Why is open spinal surgery performed when keyhole spinal surgery is available?

In some conditions such as scoliosis, Spinal Tumours or complex spinal trauma, open spinal surgery is a necessity. Howvere in most spinal surgery cases, keyhole surgery can be performed.

What are the benefits of open spinal surgery?

Better view during surgery, less risk of damaging nerves due to direct visibility, easier to insert implants, less stretching of skin, easier to remove tumoursinfection, less pain

What are the disadvantages of open spinal surgery?

Higher risk of infection, greater blood loss, longer recovery time, more post operative pain, longer operative time, less use of XRAY

Do I need Open Spinal Surgery or can I choose Keyhole surgery

It depends on the skill of the surgeon. Keyhole spinal surgery requires a great amount of skill because the surgeon relies on imaging and an indepth knowledge of the anatomy without direct visualisation.

Does Open Spinal Surgery cost more than keyhole or endoscopic surgery?

Keyhole and endoscopic spinal surgery requires specialised equipment and may cost more than open spinal surgery. It depends however on the complexity of surgery and Implant costs.

How do I know if I require open spinal surgery or Keyhole Spinal Surgery?

In some conditions such as Tumours, Scoliosis or major trauma open spinal surgery is a necessity, however in most conditions involving degenerate discs, keyhole spinal surgery is a better option. You should get a second opinion if you are unsure about the best treatment for your spinal condition

Specialist Doctors

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Mr. Reza Mobasheri FRCS

Consultant Spinal Surgeon

Specialist in  Spinal Surgery

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Mr. Masood Shafafy FRCS

Consultant Spinal Surgeon

Specialist in Spinal Deformity Surgery.

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Dr Nathalie Courtois FRCA

Consultant Spinal Anaesthetist

Specialist in Anaesthesia for Spinal Surgery.

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Mr. Mo Akmal MD FRCS

Consultant Spinal Surgeon

Specialist in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and Medical Director of The Spine Unit

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Mr. Mo Ahmed FRCS

Consultant Spinal Surgeon

Specialist in Spinal Surgery and previously worked as a consultant in Norway

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Mr. Ahmed Hussien FRCS

Consultant Spinal Surgeon
Specialist in Neurological disorders affecting the spine. Treats spinal cord problems.

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This surgical technique consists of a percutaneous approach for the treatment of small to medium size hernias of the intervertebral disc by laser energy. The main objective is to reduce the intradiscal pressure in the nucleus pulposus

Laser Disc Surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic as a day case at our centre on the prestigious Harley Street.

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