Episode 5

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6th Jan 2020

Cutting Edge Surgery with Dr. Mark Smith

Correcting structural spinal problems involves techniques that will take years to practice and master for any neurosurgeon. Procedures not only need to effectively fix the issue, but make sure that no additional damage is done to adjacent areas, the skin and to the spine itself! Nowadays, patients are recommended a specific variety of surgery that does the job with lower risks compared to an open spine surgery.

This episode of Back Talk Doc features Dr. Mark Smith, a practitioner who has been with Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates for 17 years, specializing in brain tumors, spine disorders and surgeries. He talks about what exactly Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) involves and the many benefits it affords to patients with spinal issues.

While the risks are relatively the same as any open surgery, MISS, when performed correctly can help achieve the desired patient outcome without affecting the nearby areas or the spine overall. This is because prior to a diagnosis, the medical team will locate the specific location of the pathology that has an issue and focusing the treatment only in that spot. Additionally, there are lower pain levels, reduced risk for infection and quicker recovery times post-surgery.

Dr. Smith also explains how a patient can become a candidate for MISS, how soon can they get back to their regular activities after the procedure, and the downsides to this type of surgery. He also discusses the new technologies and techniques being studied today so doctors can improve the effectivity of MISS.

For Dr. Smith, it’s also important that you consult with a clinic that’s able to offer you a comprehensive variety of techniques that can help you have a better patient outcome.

Key moments in the episode

  • How to stay on top of your game as a neurosurgeon 04:07
  • Basics of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery or MISS 13:18
  • Tools typically used in MISS 16:22
  • Benefits of MISS versus an open procedure 18:19
  • Standard recovery times 23:03
  • MISS for correcting cervical spine issues 25:50
  • Downsides to MISS 27:05
  • Use of lasers as standard of care in neurosurgery 28:52
  • Success rates of standard MISS surgeries 29:41
  • Possible insurance hurdles 30:51
  • New technologies 32:58
  • Using robotics in MISS 34:41
  • Important factor in deciding to go for MISS 35:44

Every episode of Back Talk Doc includes a Health Matters segment intended to provide actionable health information you can immediately put into practice in your life. This week, Dr. Lakhia dives into how using a far-infrared sauna promotes wellness and offers a range of health benefits that can help you stay active. Using this piece of equipment not only helps improve blood circulation and tissue oxygenation, it also eliminates toxins and cleanses your body, to name a few. 06:52

Links mentioned in the episode

Back Talk Doc is brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, with offices in North and South Carolina. To learn more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back and spine issues, go to backtalkdoc.com. To schedule an appointment with Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, you can call us at 1-800-344-6716 or visit our website at carolinaneurosurgery.com.

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About the Podcast

Back Talk Doc
Answers to Common Questions About Back Pain
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain every day. Chances are you, or someone you love is suffering or will suffer from back pain at some point. You do not have to suffer in silence. Help is here. Back Talk Doc is a podcast brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, where providing personalized, highly-skilled, and compassionate spine care to the Charlotte, NC area has been our specialty for over 75 years. And now, it’s time to understand the cause of back pain and learn about options to get you back on track! On Back Talk Doc, Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia will help you find answers to some of the most common questions about back pain and spine health. As a Physiatrist at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, Dr. Lakhia is an expert in finding non-surgical treatment options for back and spine problems. The podcast features interviews with neurosurgeons and spine specialists along with episodes where Dr. Lakhia covers an array of different issues such as back pain, neck pain, spine surgery, spine injections, and concussion testing. If you would like to know more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back issues, go to BackTalkDoc.com. To make an appointment, contact Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine at 1-800-344-6716 or visit CarolinaNeuroSurgery.com.