• Relief for Spine Pain & Suffering

    A discectomy is a surgical procedure performed on the spine. This surgery may be appropriate for some patients who visit an orthopaedic surgeon because of symptoms such as pain, numbness, and weakness in the buttocks, legs, shoulders, or arms. These symptoms may be caused by a herniated disc. Most patients with disc herniation do not require a discectomy; conservative treatments may be enough to relieve pain. However, sometimes complications can occur if a herniated disc is left untreated. These risks can include saddle anaesthesia, bladder dysfunction, or bowel incontinence.

    A discectomy may be appropriate for patients with severe symptoms or complications. After creating an incision over the herniated disc, the orthopaedic surgeon may remove part or all of the lamina, which is the back section of the vertebra. Then, the surgeon can remove the herniated material that is pressing against nearby nerves.

    If you have been suffering from back pain , consider talking to a spinal specialist, orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Rebecca Kuo in Bolingbrook about whether a procedure such as discectomy could be right for you. Call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900 to schedule a consultation.

  • Get Your Life Back: Eliminating Spinal Pain with Surgery

    Anyone who has experienced low back pain would agree that the immobilizing pain and the inability to enjoy lifelong activities drastically worsens the quality of life. Even though low back pain is one the most common medical problems in American adults, many find that therapy, rehab, and medications fail to reduce their back pain and improve their lives.

    Many Americans feel there is little hope for improving spine pain, but modern surgical alternatives can drastically reduce or eliminate back pain. If your lower back pain is the result of a fracture, disc degeneration, arthritis, or a spinal tumor, spinal fusion surgery can provide long-term relief so you can regain your quality of life.

    Spinal fusion surgery fuses two or more vertebrae with bone grafts to immobilize a section of the spine. Fusing the vertebrae seems contradictory to the rehabilitative nature of the surgery, but since most types of back pain worsen with movement, the fusion eliminates the potential for mobility that causes pain. Fusing the vertebrae also reduces damage to surrounding ligaments, nerves, and muscles, all of which can become irritated and strained in response to spinal problems.

    This type of surgery is often performed with a laparoscope. This modern, minimally invasive approach minimizes the impact of surgery on surrounding tissues, reduces post-op complications, and often leads to a faster recovery.

    With help from Dr. Rebecca Kuo at MK Orthopaedics, you can expect comprehensive care to address back pain with services that include lumbar and cervical spine fusion, micro-discectomy, spinal decompression, and non-surgical treatment modalities. We serve Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Shorewood, and you can schedule appointments with our surgical team at (815) 741-6900.