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Minimally-Invasive Lumbar Fusion To Alleviate Back Pain

Procedure offers patients smaller scars, shorter recovery, less post-operative pain.
December 5, 2006
at 7:00 PM CST
(December 6, 2006 at 01:00 UTC)
From Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, IA

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Davenport, IA - An innovative, minimally-invasive procedure to alleviate back pain caused by a torn disc will be the first Quad Cities surgery of its kind to be shown on an Internet webcast. The 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5 webcast will feature a Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion, or TLIF, performed by Anthony V. Maioriello, M.D., Midwest Brain and Spine.

"Genesis is responding to the new consumerism that drives people to play a more active role in their health care decisions," said Ken Croken, Vice President of Genesis Corporate Communications and Marketing. "We live in an age where consumers have grown accustomed to seeing reality programming, so this is a logical step for health  MORE...

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Davenport, IA - An innovative, minimally-invasive procedure to alleviate back pain caused by a torn disc will be the first Quad Cities surgery of its kind to be shown on an Internet webcast. The 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5 webcast will feature a Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion, or TLIF, performed by Anthony V. Maioriello, M.D., Midwest Brain and Spine.

"Genesis is responding to the new consumerism that drives people to play a more active role in their health care decisions," said Ken Croken, Vice President of Genesis Corporate Communications and Marketing. "We live in an age where consumers have grown accustomed to seeing reality programming, so this is a logical step for health care. We can educate a far-reaching audience on the advantages of this surgical procedure and promote the excellent care Genesis patients receive through our program.'

Patient pain is caused by a tear inside the disc that leaks substances that irritate a small nerve fiber surrounding the disc. These tears usually do not heal on their own and only become more painful with time.

"Ten to 12 years ago, patients would be told ‘There's nothing we can do for you.' Now, we've found that if you take this disc out and fuse this level, you can alleviate the pain," Dr. Maioriello said.

The damaged disc is removed and a bone graft is packed in the disc space along with a plastic cage that supports the spine while the fusion takes place.

Using the CD Horizon® Sextant® Spinal System, screws are inserted on each side of the vertebrae using muscle-recording equipment for added safety. Once these screws are in place, they are attached to metal rods, creating an internal brace that supports the vertebral bodies as the fusion heals into a solid block of bone.

Patient benefits include shorter hospital stays, smaller scars, shorter recovery periods and less post-operative pain.

Dr. Maioriello stresses this is not a surgery for everyone with back pain. In two and half years, he has performed about 100 lumbar fusions – the majority of which have been minimally invasive.

"In order for us to do this, the patient must have already tried and failed other conservative management, including time, physical therapy, epidural steroids and lifestyle changes." Only 5-6 percent of my patients have not had significant improvement with lumbar fusion, and that's pretty remarkable for this operation."

"Not everyone can do this type of procedure," said colleague Todd Ridenour, M.D., Quad Neurosurgical Associates, P.C., who moderates the webcast . "You go to spine conferences and hear about well-known neurosurgeons and orthopaedic spine surgeons who do not do these procedures because they technically can't. They're very difficult operations, and Dr. Maioriello has always done a very nice job with this."

Genesis plans to webcast three additional surgical procedures with OR-Live.

OR Live is the Web's largest source of live and on-demand surgical video from leading hospitals and academic institutions. Its Web site attracts an average of nearly 500,000 unique visitors each month from every corner of the globe.

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