The spine consists of Vertebrae which are the bones of the spine. In between the vertebrae is the soft cushion like structures called disc. With ageing the soft discs between the vertebrae dry out and shrink in size. This reduces the space between the vertebrae and makes the spine less flexible. You may experience back pain, weakness or numbness due to disc degeneration. Some people experience no symptoms due to disc degeneration but the flexibility is definitely reduced even in such people.
People who have weak back muscles are more prone to this condition. If you exercise regularly and have strong paraspinal muscles then the pressure on the discs is reduced and their degeneration is much slower. It is therefore extremely important to do regular exercise and include the muscles of the back in your exercise regimen.
Patients coming to the neurosurgery department at Ivy Hospital for consultation with Dr Jaspreet Singh Randhawa with back pain complaints undergo a thorough physical and neurological examination. The best way to diagnose spinal conditions is to perform MRI Scan of the affected region - Cervical, Thoracic or Lumbo-sacral spine. The surgical options for treating disc degeneration are - Laminectomy and Spinal Fusion.
Laminectomy is a minimally invasive spine surgery to remove the Lamina which increases the space between the vertebrae and reduces pressure on the nerves thus relieving pain. This is also known as decompression surgery. The patient goes home within a day and the recovery is very quick.
Spinal Fusion is a surgery in which two or more vertebrae are fused together. This reduces the flexibility of the spine but alleviates the pain. Laminectomy is always the first choice for our endoscopic spine surgeon Dr Jaspreet Singh Randhawa at Ivy Hospital in Mohali, Punjab and spinal fusion is the last resort.
Dr Jaspreet Singh Randhawa is one of the best trained and highly qualified neurosurgeon as wel as endoscopic spine surgeon for doing Spinal Degenerative Surgery at Ivy Hospital, Mohali in Punjab. The cost of Laminectomy Surgery at Ivy Hospital, Mohali is Rs. 1.5 - 2.5 lacs depending upon the complexity of the surgery. Ivy hospital, Mohali in Punjab has the latest microscopes and highly advanced surgical instruments to perform brain and spine surgeries with high level of precision. The hospital stay is 1-2 days and the patient is called to the hospital for removal of stitches 15 days after the surgery. The cost of spinal fusion surgery is in the range of Rs. 2.0 - 3.0 lacs and the hospital stay is 4-5 days. If you have an individual health insurance policy then this surgery is covered after a period of 2 years from the date of inception of the policy. However if you are a beneficiary of company given policy then the surgery is covered from day one. Always go through the terms of your health insurance policy like room rent capping and co-payment to avoid any kind of financial shocks later on.
Dr Jaspreet Singh Randhawa has excellent academic qualifications and extensive experience in the field of brain and spine surgery.
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