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What is the Thoracic spine surgery?

The endoscopic thoracic spine surgery technique is an innovative technique in traumatology., which requires a very high level of specialization, given the complexity of said technique.

For the treatment of spinal injuries through minimally invasive thoracic surgery, there are two approaches: on the one hand, a transthoracic spinal approach or, on the other, an interlaminar approach, which will depend on the patient's condition.

At ICAC we are pioneers in endoscopic thoracic spine surgery, one of the most cutting-edge minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of the spine.

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One of the most innovative techniques performed by the team at the Institute of Advanced Spine Surgery is endoscopic thoracic spine surgery.

All information about thoracic spine surgery

Performing endoscopic surgery of the thoracic spine is a procedure similar to lumbar spine endoscopy, but thoracic surgery requires high specialization on the part of the medical team due to the complexity that this surgery involves.

This technique is carried out through small incisions in the patient's skin, generally 3-4 mm in diameter, adapted depending on the elasticity of each individual's skin.

Through the incision made, the pathology can be accessed depending on its location, either through a transforaminal approach, which would entail performing the procedure through a transthoracic approach or through a posterior interlaminar approach, which, in this case, is a more limited procedure.

Once the patient comes to our trauma clinic in Madrid, you will be asked to sign a consent form for your intervention. This document authorizes the procedure and ensures that the patient understands the benefits and risks of the procedure.

Despite being a minimally invasive spinal technique, observation and hospitalization of the patient is required for at least 2 days after surgery.

The prior study of each patient is essential and includes complementary tests such as x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging and a neurophysiological study. These tests help to better understand the patient's condition and plan the intervention in the best way.

Days before the patient's intervention, it is advised not to take certain medications, such as anti-inflammatories, to minimize the risk of bleeding during surgery. This is because these medications can have an antiplatelet effect that could increase bleeding during the procedure.

Thanks to the most innovative techniques for approaching the spine, the recovery time of the patient undergoing endoscopic thoracic spine surgery is significantly shorter than that of open surgery.

Although the postoperative period of this technique is not painful, in cases where a transthoracic approach has been performed, the use of a chest tube may be necessary. This can prolong the patient's recovery time and hospital discharge period.

At the Institute of Advanced Spine Surgery we have specialized traumatologists and pioneers in thoracic endoscopic surgery, with extensive experience in the medical sector. Do not hesitate to make an appointment with our team to obtain a customized professional diagnosis.

Cases in which this surgical intervention is required to restore health and improve quality of life include:

  • Severe disc herniations: Surgery is recommended in cases where the hernia has reached a very advanced point and does not respond to conventional treatments.
  • spinal deformities: Some conditions, such as scoliosis or kyphosis, can drastically affect spinal health. In cases where quality of life is compromised, surgery may be the solution to correct deformities.
  • Severe vertebral fracture: Surgical intervention may be required in cases where the fracture may threaten the stability of the spine or has affected the spinal cord.
  • spinal tumor: The presence of tumors in the spine may require surgery to remove the affected tissue and prevent its spread.

These are some of the cases in which spine surgery may be recommended. Our team of professionals will be able to evaluate each specific condition and determine if surgery is the appropriate treatment.

Recovery from thoracic spine surgery varies depending on various factors, such as the complexity of the intervention, the patient's general health and postoperative treatment. This process has different stages and it is essential that patients respect each of them to achieve a successful recovery.

When deciding to undergo spinal surgery, it is essential to consider both the advantages it brings to our health and the risks associated with the procedure. Although this is a generally safe process, problems can arise such as infection, as well as very rare cases of excessive bleeding or nerve damage during surgery. It is essential to evaluate any doubts regarding surgery with the doctor to undergo it with complete peace of mind.

To ensure a successful recovery, It is essential that patients strictly follow the care indicated by the medical team. This postoperative care may include medication to control pain and reduce inflammation, proper wound care to prevent infection, rest to facilitate the recovery process, regular medical follow-up to evaluate progress and address any complications, and performance of physiotherapy sessions to strengthen muscles and obtain a successful recovery.

It is important to keep in mind that recovery time may vary in each case, so patience and perseverance are required to achieve a complete and lasting recovery.

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Important announcement

The ICAC, now at Teknon in Barcelona

This month of June, We have begun our collaboration with the prestigious Barcelona clinic TMEH to offer spine services at the famous Teknon Medical Center, one of the leading healthcare hospitals in Europe. Thanks to this alliance, we provide a comprehensive and specialized approach with the best solutions for those suffering from back problems.

The ICAC human team, known for being at the vanguard of innovation in traumatology, now brings his talent and advanced ultra-minimally invasive surgery techniques to Barcelona.

This collaboration with TMEH at Teknon Medical Center not only allows us to treat more patients more effectively, but also reinforces our commitment to innovation and excellence in healthcare.

We are excited to be able to offer these services in one of the most important cities in Europe and continue leading the field of traumatology and, in this specific case, in the treatment of the spine.