May 29, 2024

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery - OLIF L2-S1 Saves Woman from Worsening Hunchback & Potential Bedridden Condition

A 52-year-old woman suffering from a progressive hunchback condition for two years found relief with a Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Sarvodaya Hospital, Sec 8, Faridabad. The woman, who experienced difficulty walking, wasn’t able to stand for more than 15 minutes, and constant lower back pain, was diagnosed with Lumbar Canal Stenosis (L2-S1) and a severe Kyphotic Deformity.

Normally, the lower spine has a natural inward curve of 40-50 degrees. In this case, the patient's curvature was reversed at -20 degrees, causing the hunchback appearance. If left untreated, this condition (Kyphosis) can worsen, leading to respiratory issues and potentially complete loss of mobility.

Traditionally, correcting such a deformity involves a lengthy (12-hour) "Spine Osteotomy" surgery with significant blood loss (2-2.5 liters). Given the patient's age, this posed a high risk.

Minimally Invasive Surgery – OLIF L2-S1 for Kyphotic Deformity Correction

Dr. Ashish Tomar, Senior Consultant - Orthopaedics & Spine Surgery and his team at Sarvodaya Hospital performed a two-stage surgery. The first stage, an OLIF (Oblique Lateral Interbody Fusion) L2-S1 procedure, utilized a minimally invasive approach and the second stage involved a Ponte osteotomy to  to straighten the spine to a normal curve.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery:

This innovative approach offered significant advantages:

  • Reduced Surgery Time: The entire procedure took half the time compared to traditional surgery.
  • Minimal Blood Loss and Risk: The minimally invasive technique minimized blood loss and surgical risks.
  • Immediate Pain Relief and Improved Mobility: The patient experienced immediate pain relief and could walk straight post-surgery.

This minimally invasive surgery has transformed the patient's life. She is free from pain, has regained mobility, and can now stand and walk comfortably. Innovative surgical techniques have prevented her condition from worsening and potentially becoming life-threatening.

This case highlights Sarvodaya Hospital's commitment to providing advanced spine care using minimally invasive techniques, offering patients faster recovery times, reduced pain, and improved quality of life.  

Sarvodaya Healthcare is renowned for High-end and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries. They have performed North India's first-ever Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion at L5S1 (OLIF51) surgical procedure, a groundbreaking surgery that marks a turning point in the treatment of age-related spinal curvature and narrowing of the spinal canal. The hospital is one of the centers in the nation offering such advanced spine surgeries.

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