Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, recently presented research findings at the 2017 Annual Forum of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) in Las Vegas. This prestigious yearly forum is the sole major conference that is focused entirely on minimally invasive spinal surgery, a field to which the Spine Institute Northwest is wholly dedicated.
The research that Dr. Kamson co-authored with Dawei Lu, MD, Paul Sampson, PhD, and Yiyi Zhong, BS is titled “Five-Year Retrospective Review of Full-Endoscopic Lumbar Fusion Outcomes in Cohorts with Minimal Spinal Deformity Performed at Ambulatory Surgery Center.” Research findings were shared with all SMISS forum attendees during the conference.
The SMISS Annual Forum is an important yearly gathering for scientists, surgeons and other medical professionals to share their experiences and research findings via presentations, papers, workshops, and labs. The meetings take place over a two-day period during which all aspects of minimally invasive spine surgery are addressed.
Dr. Kamson’s research found that full-endoscopic lumbar spine surgery is a feasible option for many patients when performed in an outpatient, ambulatory facility such as the Spine Institute Northwest. Patients who underwent this type of surgery reported a drop in their Visual Analog Scale (VAS) of pain perception, going from a 7 to a 3 (with 10 being the worst pain imaginable) within two months after surgery. Between 70% to 80% of patients reported being satisfied or greatly satisfied post-surgery, with up to 92% of them stating they would recommend this surgery to others.
A full-endoscopic lumbar fusion is performed using minimally invasive surgical techniques to allow patients to usually return home the same day post-operation. Patients who undergo minimally invasive fusion surgeries report less pain and quicker recovery times than those who opt for more traditionally invasive fusion surgeries. At the Spine Institute Northwest, Dr. Kamson offers lumbar interbody fusion and facet fixation surgery in order to stabilize the vertebrae and relieve the pain stemming from nerve root pressure. This type of procedure is applicable in cases of segmental instability, degenerative disc disease and other spine disorders or injuries.
The procedure enables patients to recover within weeks instead of months as compared to more invasive surgical options.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Kamson’s research findings, contact us today or call (206) 496-0630.