At BMI The Blackheath Hospital in South East London, our spinal surgeons provide services and treatments for a range of spinal conditions. Spinal surgery can involve consultants and healthcare professionals from neurology, orthopaedics and physical therapy working alongside each other to ensure dedicated patient care. The aim is to provide the patient with the treatment necessary to aid a speedy and effective recovery.
Spinal decompression is performed to treat compression of the spinal cord or the nerves surrounding the spine.
It's may be performed to treat spinal stenosis (where the space in the centre of the spine narrows), which can affect the way you walk. The aim of surgery is to remove the pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
Lumbar microdiscectomy is undertaken to remove the pressure from a disc prolapse that is touching the sciatic nerve.
The nerve pain you may have is usually from sciatica, which is pain down your leg caused by pressure on the nerve. If you have sciatica, you might experience leg pain, numbness, pins and needles and weakness in your legs. The aim of a lumbar microdiscectomy is to reduce or eliminate these symptoms.
Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery, also known as MISS, is spinal surgery performed using small incisions, instead of the traditional open spinal surgery. Minimally invasive spinal surgery should allow you to recover slightly quicker and leave you with less obvious scaring.
Scoliosis is a condition where your spine permanently bends to the side at a noticeable angle. Usually with scoliosis, your spine bends making a C or S shape.
Treatment for scoliosis depends on how severe the curve in your spine is, whether it's likely to get worse, and its overall effect on you. The types of treatments usually include: observation, casting, bracing or surgery.
Your consultant will be able to assess your needs and decide on which treatment is most appropriate for you.
For a full list of spinal treatments offered at BMI Blackheath Hospital please see the list below: