Dynamic stabilization provides vital support for the spine in the case of spinal deformity or degenerative discs, and is an alternative to standard spinal fusion techniques. This procedure retains some of the mobility in the spine, whereas fusion eliminates all movement for complete stabilization. Dynamic stabilization will not be the right option for all patients, and to determine if this is the best course for you, contact Dr. Chetan Patel at AdventHealth Medical Group Spine Health to discuss your case and for a full consultation. Call Call407-303-5452 to schedule an appointment.
Dynamic Stabilization vs. Traditional Fusion
In the past, the only option for stabilization of the spine was fusion of the vertebrae. In this scenario, the degenerative discs were removed, bone graft material was added, hardware was installed to hold everything together, and then the healing process would begin. While fusion provides substantial stabilization, that benefit comes with the elimination of all movement in the fused area. The major problem with this is that it placed additional stress on the vertebra above and below the fusion point. Dynamic stabilization works in a different way.
In this new form of stabilization, Dr. Chetan Patel will install new stabilization hardware designed to allow some movement within the affected area after addressing problems with the discs in the area. This can involve complete discectomy or a partial discectomy, as well as the removal of any debris from the spinal canal. Movement is allowed by a unique combination of screws and plates with other devices, including tubes and connecting filaments. These control motion, but allow some movement, including helping to prevent excessive compression of the spinal cord and nerves.
Recovery from Stabilization Surgery
In terms of recovery time, dynamic stabilization is comparable to traditional fusion surgeries. Many patients will be released from care the same day, though some may be required to stay a day or two for observation, depending on their progress healing and any other underlying conditions. For instance, smokers often have a much slower healing factor, and this may be cause for concern in your case. If there are additional procedures done during your surgery, these will also add to the recovery time required.
Most patients are able to return to their normal routines within six weeks, but this varies considerably from one patient to another. It is important that you do not engage in any activity that Dr. Patel has not released you for, or you risk complicating the healing process.
Is Dynamic Stabilization Right for You?
As mentioned, this type of spinal stabilization will not be right for all patients. To determine if this is the best course of action for you, Dr. Chetan will perform a battery of tests and exams and then discuss the potential surgical options to treat your condition and lessen your pain. If the problem is a herniated disc, a partial microdiscectomy might be a better option, though there is always the chance that the disc will herniate again.
For more information about dynamic stabilization, spine fusion and other surgical treatments, contact Dr. Chetan Patel at AdventHealth Medical Group Spine Health by calling Call407-303-5452.