The physicians and staff members of Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center would like to thank not only “Big Red” (Bill Walton) but also colleagues and new friends met at our open house event to celebrate the opening of our new Gainesville location last evening.
Bill Walton gave an amazing presentation and you can certainly understand how Bill (who has lived with debilitating back and leg pain) has gotten himself back into the game of life after undergoing the minimally disruptive XLIF procedure. Visit http://www.nuvasive.com/about-us/our-story/ for more information on the XLIF procedure. Jeffrey Wise, MD and Charles Seal, MD of Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center currently perform the XLIF procedure and consistently deliver top notch results. If you are considering surgery please speak with your doctor about the XLIF procedure and the exciting innovation of MIS (minimally invasive surgery.) Learn more and speak to other patients who have undergone the XLIF procedure @ http://www.thebetterwayback.org/.
Bill Walton Need to Know Essentials
William Theodore “Bill” Walton III, was born November 5th, 1952 and is a retired basketball player and television sportscaster. Did you know he was referred to as “The Big Red Head” and achieved superstardom playing for John Wooden’s powerhouse UCLA Bruins in the early 70’s, and then furthered his career with the NBA (National Basketball Association) and the Portland Trailblazers causing “Blazermania” for the city of Portland? Another fun fact on Bill Walton – His listed adult playing height was 6 feet 11 inches; it has been reported that Walton was actually taller (7 feet 2 inches, or more), but did not like being categorized as a seven-footer! For more information on Bill Walton visit http://www.nba.com/history/players/walton_bio.html.
Mark the Calendar! You’re Invited!
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Join the Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center team for a celebration commemorating the grand opening of our Gainesville location. Festivities will include meet & greet/autograph signing with Bill Walton, delicious food, refreshments, and great giveaways including chances to win an autographed basketball with accolades of Bill Walton’s legendary career. Most importantly, Bill Walton will give a discussion about treatment options for back and leg pain. Hear Bill’s story of living with debilitating back pain and learn how he got back into the game of life! Visit www.Broava.com/BillWalton for more details.
Blue Ridge Open House Event Time and Location
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center
14370 Lee Highway, Suite 102
Gainesville, VA 20155
Surgery to treat low back pain can be extensive. Usually, patients are given six to 12 months of more conservative treatment, such as physical therapy, before surgery is recommended for lower back pain.
Recovery is also extensive, taking anywhere from three to 12 months to return to routine daily activity. As with any surgery, success rates vary—in the case of lower back pain, a success rate of between 70 percent and 90 percent is expected, with the main variable being the specific condition being treated.
Osteoarthritis and more
Lower back pain is caused by several factors. In patients 55 and older, it is often caused by degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis) that might result in a narrowing of the canal (spinal stenosis) and/or instability of one vertebral segment, as this Spine-Health article explains. The article continues:
Generally, the low back pain and/or leg pain created by these back conditions will get worse with walking and will improve with sitting. Often, the symptoms will have been present for years, and may get worse at a very slow rate. Once a patient gets to the point that he or she can no longer adequately function because of the low back pain, lumbar decompression with or without spine fusion may be recommended to help increase the individual’s activity tolerance and quality of life.
Spine surgery is usually elective and follows many months of alternative treatment. However there are two scenarios that may require emergency back surgery. As Spine-Health explains:
- Sudden bowel and/or bladder incontinence (either the inability to retain or hold waste) or progressive weakness in the legs. Either of these symptoms could indicate nerve damage or cauda equina syndrome.
- Severe, continuous abdominal and back pain, which could indicate an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Our Spine Center experts handle all types of back pain, and provide a range of appropriate treatments, from physical therapy through surgery. If you’re suffering from back pain that is getting worse or won’t go away, contact us @ 540.347.9220 and let’s talk. Visit www.broava.com to learn more about the comprehensive services offered at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center.
Percutaneous means “through the skin” or using a very small cut. Discectomy is surgery to remove herniated disc material that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord.
There are many different kinds of percutaneous discectomy procedures. All of them use small instruments that are inserted between the vertebrae and into the middle of the disc. Most of the time they are done in a surgery center using local or general anesthesia.
X-rays help guide the movement of the instruments during surgery. The surgeon can remove disc tissue by either:
- Cutting it out.
- Sucking out the center of the disc.
- Using lasers to burn or destroy the disc.
What To Expect After Surgery
You can expect to go home on the same day you have the procedure.
You can use prescription medicine to control pain while you recover.
For several weeks after surgery, you’ll need to avoid long periods of sitting and avoid bending, twisting, and lifting.
Why It Is Done
Percutaneous discectomy may be done if:
- Your medical history, physical exam, and diagnostic tests (such as MRI, CT scan, or myelogram) show that the disc is bulging, and the material inside the disc hasn’t ruptured into the spinal canal.
- Pain and nerve damage have not improved after 4 or more weeks of nonsurgical treatment.
- Your symptoms are very bad and get in the way of doing normal activities.
- There are signs of serious nerve damage in your leg that may be getting worse. These signs include severe weakness, loss of coordination, or loss of feeling.
It should not be done if you have:
- Pieces of disc material in the spinal canal (as seen on a CT scan or MRI).
- Narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis).
For more information regarding Percutaneous Discectomy please contact the spine specialists @ Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center at 540.347.9220 or visit our website www.broava.com.
Pain management is a branch of medicine that applies the latest in treatment methods to reduce or control pain. Our fellowship trained, board certified pain specialist’s specialize in a variety of solutions including pharmacological, interventional and alternatives to reduce or control pain.
At Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, our pain management group offers a variety of options tailored to address all of our patients’ pain management needs.
Comprehensive Pain Management Services for all Pain Conditions
- Complex pain and spine disorders
- Acute and chronic pain management
- Diagnostic and therapeutic interventional procedures
- Electrodiagnostic testing
- Neuromodulation for chronic pain management
Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center offers inpatient, outpatient, surgical and non surgical services, as well as cutting-edge, minimally invasive pain management treatment for patients with acute or chronic pain. For more information, please contact one of our pain specialists @ 540.347.9220 or visit www.BroAva.com.