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Recent Advances in Spine Surgery (audio)

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Using traditional techniques, patients undergoing surgery can experience significant pain, blood loss, risk of complications and prolonged recovery time. However, minimally invasive surgical techniques have been developed not only for routine spine surgeries including cervical discectomy and decompression of the lumbar and cervical stenosis, but also for the more complicated cases involving scoliosis and spinal tumors. These techniques have demonstrated that patients require less pain medication, have less blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and return to their normal activities faster than patients undergoing surgery using traditional techniques. Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD will highlight these minimally invasive techniques.

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Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD is a neurosurgeon on the medical staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and professor of Neurosurgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Recorded 4/08/2008

Last UpdateMarch 29, 2011