Dr. Sol Kamson’s Presentation on Minimally Invasive Procedures

dr-solomon-kamson-wfmiss-panelThe 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.

Regenerative Therapy To Treat Pain

stem cell therapyDr. Sol Kamson is dedicated to keeping abreast of the latest, most innovative research findings in the field of pain relief treatment due to injury- or age-related tissue loss and damage.

Regenerative medicine techniques can be used in some cases as an alternative to or add-on treatment for orthopedic surgery procedures and/or spinal disease. One such disorder is degenerative disc disease, which occurs when the tissue in one’s intervertebral discs wears away, causing chronic pain and/or arthritis.

Degenerative disc disease has traditionally been treated with surgeries such as disc replacement and spinal fusion. With the advent of regenerative therapies, these degrading discs can help heal themselves without surgical intervention. This type of therapy works to trigger your body’s innate healing abilities. Natural substances are placed within the area of pain to stimulate collagen growth. These new collagen fibers strengthen the areas that are affected and relieve pain.

Dr. Kamson offers three types of regenerative materials within his treatment plans: platelet-rich plasma (PRP), BioD, and MatriStem.

PRP is made up of concentrated platelet cells that come from a patient’s own blood, making it a safe, natural substance for use in regenerative medicine. The PRP is injected into the site of injury, and its natural growth factors aid in speeding up and stimulating the healing process. PRP is useful in a variety of orthopedic ailments.

BioD is composed of placental afterbirth tissue cells in addition to cells taken from live donors in the midst of childbirth. The proteins, growth factors, and other potent material in these cells are placed with the pain area or injured site for help in recovery and relief. Sol Kamson has used BioD during microdiscectomy, discectomy, interspinal muscle or nerve bundle protection, and laminectomy procedures.

MatriStem is derived from pig bladders. The tissue used in MatriStem is a complex protein that is similar in makeup to human tissue. The cells in this substance help prevent the formation of scars. They trigger cells to revert to their normal activities related to healing. MatriStem is used in a variety of procedures, particularly those stemming from sports injuries.

Regenerative therapy for degenerative disc disease and other orthopedic issues is the least invasive technique to help with alleviating back, neck, and other areas of pain involving joints and discs. This promising treatment offers relief for those who suffer from acute or chronic spinal pain.

Contact Dr. Solomon Kamson and the team at the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA,  to discover more about regenerative therapy and whether this is a route you should explore to get back to living life to the fullest.