Spinal Stenosis Treatment Abroad
Details of leading international hospitals performing Spinal Stenosis Treatment to foreign patients.
Private Hospital, Spain
A neurosurgery center within Quiron Hospital Barcelona, specializing in minimally invasive surgeries on the spine. The Barcelona Spine Centre team of three neurosurgeons have over 15 years of experience in the field of neurosurgery.
Spinal Stenosis is treated at Barcelona Spine Center
Hygeia Hospital, Greece
HYGEIA Hospital is the first large private hospital to operate in Greece and has been a leading healthcare provider for the last 35 years. It is the first and only hospital in Greece to be accredited by the JCI.
Spinal Stenosis is treated at Hygeia Hospital
Private Hospital, Spain
A modern (opened in 2007), general, private hospital located in Madrid, part of the NISA group of hospitals. The international patients department can assist patients with accomodation and trasportation, and can communicate in English as well as in Spanish.
Spinal Stenosis is treated at Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital
Private Hospital, India
The Apollo Hospital Chennai is part of the Apollo Hospitals group. The hospital is JCI accredited and considered as one of the best hospitals in India.
Spinal Stenosis is treated at Apollo Hospital Chennai
Epilepsy, Neuro Diabetology, Speech and Language Disorders, Cognitive Neurology
Private Hospital, Mexico
A JCI accredited hospital, located 150 miles from the border with Texas, United States. The hospital is a full range tertiary care hospital, with five areas of excellence: Cardiology, Oncology, Neuroscience, Organ Transplant and Liver Disease.
Spinal Stenosis is treated at Hospital San Jose Tec De Monterrey
Medical Facilitator, Spain
Mediterranean Health Care facilitates and manages the booking and treatment procedure for patients across a group of eight private medical centers in Alicante, Spain.
Spinal Stenosis is treated at Mediterranean Health Care
University Hospital, Israel
Hadassah medical institution includes two university hospitals in Jerusalem – on Mt. Scopus and in Ein Kerem. Both provide advanced tetriary healthcare services in all medical specialties.
Spinal Stenosis is treated at Hadassah Hospital
University Hospital, Germany
Heidelberg University Hospital is one of Europe`s leading medical centers. World-renowned experts provide comprehensive care of the highest international standards in all medical specialties.
Spinal Stenosis is treated at Heidelberg University Hospital
Managing Director of the Department of Neurosurgery
Private Hospital, Mexico
Hospital Galenia holds the Certificate of Medical Attention Establishments granted by Joint Commission International (JCI), Accreditation Canada International (ACI) and is certified by the Mexican General Health Council (CSG).
Spinal Stenosis is treated at Galenia Hospital
Private Hospital, Singapore
A full service private hospital offering a comprehensive range of specialist services by a team of 200 physicians. 35-40% of the patients are foreigners, and there is a dedicated department for handling medical tourists.
Spinal Stenosis is treated at Raffles Hospital
Neurosurgery and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
About Spinal Stenosis Treatment
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Many non-surgical options are available for the treatment of spinal stenosis. A combination of medication and physical therapy exercises has proved to be beneficial for patients with mild symptoms. Non-surgical treatments need to be used for a long term to control the symptoms for patients who cannot undergo surgery.
Surgery may be required if the patient needs to be urgently treated for spinal cord compression. The decision to go through surgery should be taken after much consideration and discussion with the doctor. The doctor should explain all the surgical alternatives to the patient. The type of surgery that is needed is dependent on the cause and location of the spinal stenosis.
How is Spinal Stenosis Treated?
There are various options available for the treatment of spinal stenosis. They include:
- Posture Change
Patients can try and change their postures, which may relieve some symptoms. For instance, bending the spine forward while walking and drawing the knees up to the chest while lying down may provide relief. These postures create more space for the nerves, and patients find it easier to walk long distance.
Inflammation may cause severe pressure on the nerves. This can be treated by anti-inflammatory medications that are non-steroidal. Aspirin or ibuprofen may provide relief. Medication can also be used to control pain and reduce muscle spasm. It is best to consult a doctor before taking the medicines, which may also be available over-the-counter. Before using medication, the patient is advised to be aware of any side effects.
Epidural injections consisting of steroidal medication is applied into the epidural space around precise nerve roots. This helps in reducing swelling and severe pain that spreads into the limbs. The course consists of three injections that need to be taken over a period of many weeks. This may help in reducing the symptoms permanently or temporarily for some weeks or months. However, steroidal injections have some side effects, which include:
- Severe pain at the injection site
- High fever
- Increase in weight
- High blood sugar and pressure
- Decreased immunity to fight against infection
- Stomach ulcers
- Avascular necrosis
The doctor should be informed immediately if the following symptoms occur:
- Loss of control over bladder and bowels
- Instability of the legs
- Painful headaches
- Physical Therapy
Physical therapy that consists of inactive therapy and exercises help in increasing flexibility, and gaining strength and stamina. Inactive therapy uses application of heat and ice packs, massage, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound. This prepares the patient for physical exercises by reducing pain and relaxing muscles. Physical therapy exercises are usually stretching and other exercises that help in regaining the stability of the spine.
- Other Exercises
The patient may consider walking and swimming to exercise all the back muscles. Swimming provides a secure environment and the water supports the patient's weight relieving pressure on the back.
Surgery is recommended if all other treatments fail to control the pain and pressure on the nerves.
There are two major types of surgical methods that are used to treat spinal stenosis - Decompression and Spinal Fusion:
The tissue that causes pressure on a nerve is removed during decompression. This creates more space for the spinal cord or nerve roots. The following surgical methods are used to perform decompression:
This is done if a portion of the disc or osteophyte causes pressure on a nerve that passes through the foramen. The foramen in made larger so that the nerve is not compressed.
This is done if the lamina causes pressure on a nerve. The opening on the lamina is made larger so that the nerve is not compressed.
When a laminotomy is inadequate to decompress a nerve, laminectomy needs to be performed. During laminectomy, the entire lamina or a part of it is removed.
- Indirect Decompression
Indirect decompression involves relieving pressure on the nerve by spreading the bones apart. To achieve this, devices like inter-body cages and artificial discs are used.
- Spinal Fusion
Spinal fusion is also known as stabilization. It permanently fixes two vertebrae together. As a result there is no movement between these bones. Other surgical procedures such as laminectomy etc. are usually done prior to a spinal fusion. A graft is used to join the bones permanently together. If the graft is taken from another body part, commonly from the pelvic bone, it is called an autograft. The graft may also be taken from a bone bank known as allograft. In rare cases, synthetic bone substitutes may also be used. Screws, plates or cages are used to join the vertebrae together so that the bones do not move when they are healing.
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