Shah N. Siddiqi, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C), F.A.C.S.,
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery,
Diplomate American Board of Neurosurgery,
Fellowship in Spine Surgery
The use of internally implanted instrumentation (screws, rods, plates, etc) is a universally accepted and common treatment for stabilizing the lumbar spine.
Through small incisions, screws and rods are percutaneously placed to stabilize the spine. Percutaneous instrumentation avoids the large, muscle stripping procedure to the lower back, resulting in less post-operative pain. Patients mobilize much quicker, spend less time in the hospital, and return to normal daily living faster. By avoiding the large back incision, there is less surgical trauma and less post-operative scarring of the back muscles, which are very important in the eventual post-operative rehabilitation of the patient.
This surgical approach is not required for every patient with a disc injury, and not every spinal surgery patient is a candidate for these new techniques. Dr. Siddiqi is experienced in matching the correct treatment for each individual case.