Alternative Names Lumbar decompression; Decompressive laminectomy; Spine surgery - laminectomy Risks Risks for any surgery are: Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungs Breathing problems Infection, including in the lungs ( pneumonia ), bladder, or kidney Blood loss Heart attack or stroke during surgery Reactions to medications Risks for spine surgery are: Infection in wound or vertebral bones Damage to a spinal nerve, causing weakness, pain, or loss of feeling Partial or no relief of pain after surgery A return of back pain in the future If you have spinal fusion, your spinal column above and below the fusion is more likely to give you problems in the future.
What is StomaphyX Revision Surgery?
StomaphyX is an incisionless revision surgery for gastric bypass weight loss surgery patients whom have failed to lose all of their excess weight, or whom have experienced some weight regain in the years following their surgery.
How Does StomaphyX Work?
StomaphyX is a surgical procedure in which the bariatric surgeon fastens the tissue of the stoma together, with a series of plications (like pleats in a skirt), thereby making smaller the opening to the gastrointestinal tract. After several weeks, the tissues of the plications fuse, making it strong and stable.
This effectively restores the size of the stoma created during the original gastric bypass surgery, which may become stretched as years go by. This smaller stoma, in turn, holds food in the pouch longer so the patient remains satiated with small amounts of food for longer periods of time.
The result is that the patient eats less and can achieve a weight loss of 20-40lbs , o...
Pain pumps are often used after joint surgery to deliver a controlled amount of anesthetic and narcotic. This device provides good pain relief. Patients use less narcotic medication. But previous animal studies have shown that some drugs (lidocaine, bupivacaine) actually cause chondrocytes (cartilage cells) to die. In this study, the effect of bupivacaine on chondrocytes in human articular cartilage samples is tested. The chondrocytes came from the femoral condyle of patients who had a total knee replacement. The femoral condyle is the round end of the femur (thigh bone). The cells were scraped off and taken to a lab where they were prepared in a special culture. A system of pain pump to culture was set up. Medication was pumped into the culture plates in such a way as to mimic the way a normal, human joint would be treated. Medications used included one-per cent lidocaine, one-per cent lidocaine with epinephrine, 0.25 per cent bupivacaine, 0.25 bupivacaine with epinephrine, 0.5 per ce...
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