LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- According to MedlinePlus, back pain will affect 8 out of 10 Americans over the course of their lifetime. For many, these pains are only temporary, for others, however, this can be chronic pain that is caused by a variety of factors. For those whose chronic pain is caused by a herniated disc, surgery may be the best option. While there are a variety of surgical options out there, the Universal Endoscopic Laser Discectomy performed by Seyed M. Rezaian, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.S., F.I.C.S. has several advantages over other types of back surgery that many patients with back pain or who have had to deal with the disappointment of failed back surgery may not know about.
- It's a minimally invasive procedure - By removing only the part of the disc that is causing problems for the patient and leaving the rest of the tissue undisturbed, the Universal Endoscopic Discectomy (UED) procedure has a low rate of complications. In a study that was released in the early days of the procedure in 2005, none of the 615 patients that underwent the procedure had any permanent neurovascular damage as a result or their surgery.
- There is low scarring –The laser back surgery UED procedure can be performed with a small, one tenth of an inch incision, leaving minimal scarring compared to what one would expect from scars left over from back surgery.
- It has a high rate of patients returning to work with less pain – After their surgery, the patients in the 2005 study were all interviewed by an independent reviewer about their level of pain and ability to go back to work. 90 percent of all patients were able to return to the job with which their back pain was interfering. An impressive two thirds of those who did return to work said that they were able to do so without any painkillers.
- It allows patients to spend less time in hospitals – The Universal Endoscopic Discectomy is an outpatient procedure, meaning that no overnight stay at a hospital is required for this back pain treatment. Not only is this a boon, especially in light of skyrocketing hospital costs, but it also prevents hospital-borne infections. A 2011 study by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that a shocking 1 out of 25 patients admitted to a hospital in the United States contract an infection during their stay. Impressively, none of the 615 patients who have elected to receive the UED procedure with Dr. Rezaian got an infection.
About Dr. Seyed Rezaian
Dr. Rezaian currently serves as the Medical Director of the California Orthopaedic Medical Clinic, as well as an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Western Health Science University's School of Osteopathic Medicine. He has been a board-certified surgeon for 30 years, and has been perfecting this specific procedure over the last decade. For more information about how the Universal Endoscopic Discectomy can help you or a loved one get back on your feet, call the California Orthopaedic Medical Clinic today at 877-397-9616 or visit them online at www.laserbacksurgery.com.
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