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Herniated Disc Repair Surgery

Herniated Disc Repair Surgery

The METRx™ MicroDiscectomy System is a less invasive option for back surgery. This new technology allows surgeons to repair herniated discs by viewing the affected nerves through a narrow tube inserted into a small incision in the Patient's back. By dilating the muscle, surgeons can displace the tissue around the area that needs repair and safely remove the herniated disc fragments without cutting any muscle. "By working between the normal muscle fibers, rather than scraping them away from the spine, the METRx™ approach involves much less trauma to the muscles surrounding the spine." said Dr. Foley. "That means major benefits for the patient, including outpatient surgery rather than two to three days in the hospital, much smaller scarring, and a shorter recovery time with the opportunity to get back to your normal routine much faster."

Seventy to 80 percent of patients who need herniated disc surgery are candidates for theMETRx™ procedure.

A disc can herniate as it begins to degenerate. When a disc herniates, the inner core of the disc pushes back out into the spinal canal. The weak spot in a disc is directly under the nerve root, and a herniation in this area puts direct pressure on the nerve, causing pain.

Signs and symptoms include:
-Numbness, tingling, weakness, and/or pain extending from the back into one or both legs
-Numbness, tingling, weakness, and/or pain extending from the neck into one or both arms

Through numerous medical innovations, Kevin T. Foley, M.D., has impacted the way spinal surgery is performed around the world. In addition to the METRx™ system, he is recognized nationally for development of the CD Horizon Sextant, a minimally invasive spinal system used to fuse spinal vertebrae together by inserting screws and rods. Dr. Foley also invented the FluoroNav Virtual Fluoroscopy System, a navigational surgical system that uses a computer to take pictures, allowing the surgeon to perform minimally invasive spine surgery with very precise guidance.

The first live surgical Webcast Methodist Healthcare presented was with Bret Sokoloff. M.D., orthopedic surgeon, Methodist Healthcare, Memphis Orthopaedic Group, who performed an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. Rotator cuff repairs are one of the most common reasons for shoulder pain in people over 40, but doctors also see this type of injury in younger and older patients. This surgical procedure can also be viewed at

The third surgical Webcast Methodist Healthcare will present is a craniotomy with Allen Sills, M.D., neurosurgeon, Methodist Healthcare, Semmes-Murphey Neurological and Spine Institute. A craniotomy is the most common surgery performed to remove a brain tumor. You will be able to watch a craniotomy live during our Webcast this fall.

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