UNION, NJ--(Marketwire - January 19, 2011) -  Minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery procedures give back pain sufferers the power to say "No" when spinal fusion seems to be the only option to end back pain that persists after other treatments fail, says Dr. Bryan J. Massoud, a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon and founder of Spine Centers of America.

For years, the gold standard for treating degenerative disc disease, bulging discs or slipped discs that cause severe back pain was discectomy combined with spine fusion. Fusion involves large incisions, major trauma to body tissues overlying the spine, significant scarring internally and externally, weeks of immobility while allowing the fusion to occur and months of painful recovery time. Even when patients overcame the risk of infection due to such a large incision and tissue trauma, many eventually suffered adjacent segment disease due to the additional stress on the surrounding vertebrae.

"In nearly all cases, we can help patients avoid spinal fusion by offering endoscopic foraminotomy to treat degenerative disc disease and bulging or slipped discs," Dr. Massoud stated. "At Spine Centers of America, our minimally invasive surgical procedure has a high success rate for permanently reducing or eliminating the pain while avoiding the risks and problems associated with fusion."

With an endoscopic approach through a pea-sized incision, small burrs and other instruments remove the problematic disc fragments and bone spurs without destabilizing the disc, which would otherwise require fusion. The outpatient procedure enables patients to walk immediately after surgery and return home the same day. The incision can be covered by a Band-Aid and recovery is complete within two to three weeks, with patients resuming driving and many normal activities within days.

Edward Wahl of Elizabeth, NJ, could barely get out of bed due to a workplace injury that caused unbearable sciatica pain from two bulging discs. After months of unsuccessful therapy, his pain management physician sent him to a surgeon who said spinal fusion was needed. Just three days before his scheduled fusion surgery, Wahl cancelled it.

"My wife had open back surgery for a herniated disc, and still has problems and scars, and I didn't want that," commented Wahl. "While doing my research, I saw how much more invasive fusion was and I discovered endoscopic procedures that were being used to treat bulging discs without fusion's scarring and long recovery time. After more research, I set up an appointment with Dr. Massoud at Spine Centers of America. I was impressed when his team told me exactly how they could help me and what would happen, so we scheduled the surgery." 

Wahl stated, "I talked to everyone during the surgery and could feel the pain start and stop, and by the end, it was completely gone. I walked out of the building that afternoon and have had 100% relief. Now, just two weeks after surgery, I went to the mall to walk and had no pain. My pain management doctor is so impressed that he asked for Dr. Massoud's contact information."

Spine Centers of America guarantees that its board-certified orthopedic spine surgeons who are some of the most experienced in the industry, oversee all endoscopic surgical procedures to ensure the highest success rates for their patients. Spine Centers of America surgeons are certified to perform endoscopic procedures on the entire spine, including cervical, which requires the highest level of expertise and experience.

Isn't it time you called Spine Centers of America so you can get back to life free of pain? Contact info@SpineCentersOfAmerica.com or 877.722.6008.

About Spine Centers of America:
Spine Centers of America offers the newest techniques in endoscopic spine surgery always performed by Board-certified orthopedic spine surgeons. Considered a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery, SCA's founder Dr. Bryan J. Massoud is among the most experienced spine surgeons performing endoscopic laser spine procedures in the country. Recognized as an expert by his peers, Dr. Massoud instructs orthopedic residents and colleagues in new procedures such as kyphoplasty and endoscopic techniques. Visit www.SpineCentersOfAmerica.com

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