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Back Pain Success Story: Karen Boners

Karen contacted ASC in the same state as many other people who contact us; in pain, frustrated and wondering if there was any way she would ever get back to her old life. Being from out-of-state and having never flown, she admittedly was nervous about making the trip to come to New Jersey and have us care for her, but after many conversations with ASC’s Chief Surgeon Dr. Liu, she was convinced that ASC was the place for her to finally get her old life back.

After reviewing her MRI, it was clear to Dr. Liu that Karen suffered from a common spinal condition called a herniated disc. The herniation was causing one of the nerves in her neck to become pinched resulting in pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in her upper extremities.

The pain prior to the surgery was my whole head; my head felt like it was going to explode most of the time…

Dr. Liu performed an Endoscopic Cervical Discectomy to treat Karen’s herniated disc. The procedure only took 30 minutes and the results were fantastic.

Coming here and actually getting an effect this quick, I never would have believed it.

After Karen’s follow up she returned home and within no time was back to work.

Karen’s story is unique, but her results are very common for patients coming to see us for herniated discs and other spinal conditions that cause chronic pain.

I definitely recommend Dr. Liu and his services at Atlantic Spinal Care. It has been fantastic.

So stop waiting. Visit the main area of our website and see why contacting us today will help put you on the right path to a better tomorrow.

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6 Things You Need to Know About Endoscopic Spine Surgery

If you or your loved one is considering back surgery to treat back pain, you probably have heard about endoscopic spine surgery. But what is endoscopic spine surgery? And what’s the difference between endoscopic spine surgery and conventional spine surgery, or back surgery?

What is endoscopic spine surgery?

1: Endoscopic spine surgery is the newest type of spine surgery. It uses advanced surgical tools and powerful magnifying systems. For traditional back surgery (also known as open spine surgery or open back surgery), the surgeon needs to cut open the back muscle before operating on the spine. But for endoscopic spine surgery, the surgeon does not need to cut open the back. Instead, endoscopic spine surgeon only needs to insert advanced surgical instrument through a small skin incision. With the assistance of an advanced endoscope and x-ray guidance, the surgeon can easily identify the problem (eg, disc herniation or bone spur) and perform the surgery accordingly.

2: Compared with traditional spine surgery, endoscopic spine surgery offers many advantages, including minimally invasive, small skin incision, minimal tissue damage, minimal to no blood loss, high efficiency, low complication rates, and quick recovery. Most of the endoscopic spine surgeries can be done at an outpatient setting and do not require a hospital stay.

Is endoscopic spine surgery for me?

3: Endoscopic spine surgery is a great surgical option for many spinal conditions. But it is not for every patient. And currently not all spine surgery procedures can be done endoscopically.

4: Studies have proved that endoscopic spine surgery is safe and effective when used to treat disc herniations, spinal stenosis, failed back surgery syndrome, and a number of other spinal conditions. But for spine conditions involving spine instability such as spondylolisthesis, the problems are difficult to solve using endoscopic spine surgery. In addition, surgical procedures involving spinal fusion and fixation currently cannot be done endoscopically.

5: To determine whether or not endoscopic spine surgery is right for you, the key is to find out the exact cause of your back pain. Is it caused by a disc herniation, a bone spur, degenerative disease, or spondylolisthesis? It is almost impossible for you to figure out the exact cause of you pain on your own. So if you have persistent or acute back pain, make sure you talk to your doctor and have some tests done. Physical examination and imaging tests such as MRI are generally needed for an accurate diagnosis. Once you have an accurate diagnosis, you’ll have a better idea regarding whether or not endoscopic spine surgery is right for you.

6: If you think endoscopic spine surgery may be a right option for you, make sure you find an experienced endoscopic spine surgery to perform the surgery. Because of its many advantages, endoscopic spine surgery has gained great popularity in recent years. But to achieve a high success rate, the surgeon needs special training and tremendous hands-on experience. Because endoscopic spine surgery is still relatively new, not so many spine surgeons have mastered the technique. So before you make your final decision, ask the surgeon how many cases of endoscopic surgery he or she has performed, and what his or her success rates are.

Located in Edison, New Jersey, Atlantic Spinal Care (ASC) is a leading surgical center in the field of endoscopic spine surgery. At ASC, the surgeons perform endoscopic spine surgery on a daily basis. In the past few years, they have helped thousands of patients to relieve back and neck pain. To find out more information about endoscopic spine surgery performed at ASC, visit hour frequently asked questions section.

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Joint Commission Accreditation

Contact: (Colin Vadheim, CEO)

(832-223-9200)

(colin@castsurgical.com)

 

CENTER FOR ADVANCED SURGICAL TREATMENT

AWARDED AMBULATORY HEALTH CARE

ACCREDITATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION

(RICHMOND, TX) (CAST SURGICAL) today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally-recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

(Name of organization) underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in (month/date). During the survey, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with ambulatory care standards related to a variety of areas, including coordination of care, monitoring for procedures that involve use of sedation or anesthesia, infection prevention and control, management of medications, and patient education and training.

Established in 1975, The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation program encourages high quality patient care in all types of freestanding ambulatory care facilities. An estimated 2,100 organizations currently maintain Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation, awarded for a three-year period.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting,” said Michael Kulczycki, M.B.A., CAE, executive director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation program, The Joint Commission. “We commend (name of organization) for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization, and achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality.”

“(Name of organization) is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added (name, title, organization). “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”

The Joint Commission’s ambulatory health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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