Types of spinal implants and why you might need it
Back pain and neck pain are common problems that most of the adults experience and suffer from, at some point of time. The pain, when it’s persistent and severe, can affect your lifestyle as it can create hindrance in performing everyday chores. Along with disrupting your work and sleep schedules, it also increases your stress levels. Sometimes, backache can become unbearable despite months and years of conservative treatments. It may be caused by prolonged hours of sitting at work, bad posture, lifting something heavy or sleeping in the wrong position. Spinal pain could also be caused by old age, spinal injury, tumors, or spinal diseases. However, if you’re experiencing chronic back pain and neck pain, it could also be triggered by spinal disorders such as Arthritis, Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Herniated Disc, Degerative Disc Disorder or Ankylosing Spondylitis which could possibly require surgery.
In most cases, while treating back pain, spine doctors would suggest to take physical therapy, medications and get into an exercise routine. But in more severe cases, surgery and spinal implants may be required. Spinal implants are used during spinal fusion surgery. Other cases of spinal disorders where spinal implants surgery is necessary are arthritis, scoliosis, damaged vertebrae, herniated disc and spondylolisthesis. Spinal implants help to assist the fusion of two vertebrae and will ensure better stability of the spine, along with strengthening and correct any deformities.
There are basically two major types of spinal implants – fusion and non-fusion. Non-fusion spinal implants comprise of artificial disks and expandable rods. To treat children with severe forms of scoliosis, the rods are most often used during the surgery. The spine surgeon has to adjust the length of the rod as the spine grows along with the growth of the child. Spinal cord stimulation implant is another type of non-fusion implant, where a small device is placed at the base of the spine, right beneath the skin. The implant then sends an electrical signal to the brain, which will stop any pain signals that are being sent to the body. Spinal cord stimulation implant helps to reduce the pain.
Fusion implants are used during spinal fusion surgery and are often used along with a bone graft. Fusion spinal implants usually include:
- Cages: These implants are used in cervical and lumbar spine surgery where it is placed between two vertebrae. The cages provide good support and stability and help patients to enjoy comfortable recovery period after spinal fusion surgery.
- Plates: These type of implants are usually used to provide support to the cervical spine. Plates are flexible enough to bend with the spine which can be shaped and sized to fit an individual patient.
- Rods: Rods are connected to the vertebrae of the spine with either hooks or pedicle screws. They are very strong and flexible. Rods help to support and properly align the spine.
- Screws: Pedicle screws are used during spinal implants. These are specific bone screws designed for implantation in vertebral pedicle. Pedicle screws are used in other surgical procedures along with rods and plates.
Spine surgery with spinal implants is not a small surgical procedure. However, it has many benefits that can help to get relief from chronic back pain caused by spinal deformities and spinal diseases. Apart from the surgery giving you relief from severe back pain, it can also help with better mobility, improvement in mood, less intake of pain killers, more productivity at work and will also make you physically fit.
If you’re seeking a surgeon who specializes in spine surgeries with spinal implants, Dr. Subodh M. Shetty is one of India’s most renowned Orthopaedic Surgeons who practices as a senior consultant in Bangalore, South India. Dr. Subodh M. Shetty has more than 23 years of experience as an Orthopaedic doctor and is a Senior Consultant Spine Surgeon and Joint Replacement Surgeon. He is one of India’s most renowned Spine and Joint Surgeon with numerous success stories and satisfied patients. Dr. Subodh M. Shetty is one of the very few Orthopaedic surgeons in India who treat patients with Revision Spine Surgery. He has experience in operating on spine patients with spinal disorders that causes severe lower back pain and neck pain, such as Degenerative Disc Disease, Sciatica Pain, Spinal Cord Injury, Herniated Disc, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and other spinal deformities. His expertise is in the treatment and surgeries like Revision Spine Surgery, Spinal Cord Treatment and Sciatic Nerve Treatment. He is the best Degenerative Disc Disease Specialist in South Bangalore, India, who has number of patients from all over the world. Dr. Subodh M. Shetty is a specialist in treating Slipped Disc problems using Minimal Invasion Techniques which is the advance procedure to cure spine related problems. He has also been treating patients with Paediatric Spine problems with deformities, Traumatic Spine Infections and hunchback problems and performs Sciatica Pain Treatment in Bangalore with an excellent record.
You can find Dr. Subodh M. Shetty for consultation at his clinic which is called SMS Spine and Ortho Clinic which is located at Koramangala and Banashankari, South Bangalore. Apart from the clinic, he also practices in hospitals like Apollo Spectra Hospitals, SSNMC Super Specialty Hospital, Sagar Hospitals and ProMed Hospital.
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