Optical fibre, a solution for herniated discs

Herniated discs are a very common and painful condition. Treatment is usually conservative, but, if the patient does not respond and the pain causes incapacitation, it is necessary to resort to surgery.

At present, work is being carried out on a new surgical technique using optical fibre. This procedure is minimally invasive and results in fewer postoperative complications.

Herniated disc treatment with optical fibre

The new optical fibre surgical technique to treat herniated discs involves the application of a plasma energy source. It is carried out with an optical fibre system that allows the precise location of the herniated disc to be determined thanks to high-definition images.

This makes it possible for intradiscal tension to be reduced, the herniated disc to be returned to its initial position and strain on the nerves and pain to be relieved.

By being a minimally invasive procedure, the complications associated with this operation, which used to cause patients to have misgivings, are reduced. The technique does not involve dissection of muscles or surgical removal of the disc. The process is fast and safe.

In addition, after two days, the patient can usually go home and recovery is immediate (and not as prolonged as before). According to specialists who are performing this surgery in Porto the success rate is about 85% and there is no need for prolonged physiotherapeutic rehabilitation.

Bivalve TLSO brace, protection against herniated discs

Using an orthopaedic back brace, such as Orliman’s bivalve TLSO brace, helps make rehabilitation more successful. After undergoing surgery for a herniated disc, it is advisable to protect the area.

Orliman’s bivalve TLSO brace with sternal support allows perfect immobilisation of the spine. This is due to its two wraparound pieces. These are fastened by Velcro straps. As a result, the spine is kept in full extension and lateral turns and rotation movements are prevented.

Another advantage of the bivalve TLSO brace is that it can easily be used by bedridden patients. Whether optical fibre or traditional surgery is used, the bivalve TLSO brace should be worn immediately. Its design makes it easy to fit to patients and adapt to the physical characteristics of each one. The bivalve TLSO brace can also be used in preoperative care. It protects the back and prevents movements that can cause greater pain.

Treatments for herniated discs, coupled with the use of the bivalve TLSO brace, help to remedy a very painful condition. Most experts tend to cite a variety of factors as the origin of herniated discs. Among them are genetic causes, bad posture, obesity, excessive physical exertion and injury.

Prevention, therefore, is the best way to avoid them. Maintaining good posture, exercising to avoid physical inactivity and, to strengthen the area, having a healthy weight and avoiding excessive physical exertion are some of the steps that can be taken to control the condition.

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