The World Federation of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (WFMISS) exists to promote an exchange of scientific ideas and findings among specialists who are dedicated to minimally invasive spine surgeries and treatments. Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, had the honor of presenting at the 2014 World Congress of WFMISS in Istanbul, Turkey.
Dr. Kamson presented his findings on a panel that was focused on less invasive surgical treatments for the spine. His presentation, “Full Endoscopic Lumbar Fusion Surgeries Performed in Outpatient Center – Outcomes Study,” observed the end results of 32 minimally invasive fusion procedures performed on patients at his surgical outpatient center.
Twelve of the subjects in this study had been hurt in a motor vehicle accident, two had been in car accidents in addition to having endured work-related injuries, while two others had specifically experienced injuries on the job. Five patients had been hurt in a different manner, and ten people were unsure as to the root of their chronic pain. Dr. Kamson performed decompression on these patients at the fused level as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia. One hundred percent of the lumbar fusion patients were complication-free within 72 hours of the procedure. Sixty-two percent of the patients experienced less than 5 cc of blood loss, an extremely minimal amount.
Dr. Kamson reviewed the longitudinal data, noting a substantial increase in pain relief as compared to the Visual Analog Scale each patient filled out prior to the procedure as compared to how each felt post-surgery after six months. Patients who had reported their back pain as averaging a 7.29 on the scale described their pain as going down to 3.95 on average, post-surgery. Those experiencing leg pain went from 5.5 on average to 2.66. The patients were generally pleased with their surgical outcomes, with 91% satisfied to some level, 59% reporting they were a “great deal satisfied,” and nearly 72% stating they would recommend minimally invasive lumbar fusion to others.
Positive long-term outcomes for minimally invasive lumbar fusion procedures are backed up by the research data Dr. Kamson presented at the World Federation.
You can read his research data and findings presented at the 2014 World Congress of WFMISS Istanbul on the Spine Institute Northwest website.
To learn more about how minimally invasive lumbar fusion surgeries work and what you can expect before, during and after recovery, call the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA today.