Each of us considers himself modern for whom there is no hopeless situation. We successfully solve problems at work, settle family issues etc. But when it comes to our own health – we slow down till the last moment and wait until “it passes by itself”. All this is connected with our fears and lack of awareness . We are treated for a long time, it is difficult and it hurts.Or fears such as thinking that there is a chance not to return to the old life, especially when the problem is associated with the musculoskeletal system. But is there any reason to be afraid of? Let’s find out what modern medicine is capable of in solving orthopedic problems.
Operations in an unusual sense for us
When the doctor says that surgery is necessary, suddenly fear and doubts associated with blood, huge scars, pain and prolonged rehabilitation arise in the head. However, in the progressive countries of the world minimally invasive techniques are used for long time which with which all these signs are virtually not related. In Israel and Germany for several decades, arthroscopy (minimally invasive surgical technique) replaces open joint operations. For the introduction of a modern arthroscopy , only one small incision is needed. A small camera is built into the instrument, which displays multiple enlarged images on the screen.
Thus, the doctor can see all the processes that occur inside the joint and at the same time can take a decision to remove the affected tissue.
Removal of affected tissues can also be performed with a special laser. Today by this way, you can remove part or all of the intervertebral disc, the affected bone section, evaporate the contents of the bone cyst and much more.
Endoprosthetics: Risk or opportunity?
The best answer to this question is statistics. Today, more than 2.5 million endoprosthetic surgeries are performed in the world, and almost 100% of patients not only get rid of the pain syndrome but also return mobility of the joint as a result of these surgeries. Thus prostheses serve till 30 years. Having a specialist’s experience, modern technologies and a qualitative prosthesis – that’s what translates endoprosthetics from the category of procedure associated with risk into the category
of opportunity to return full functionality and quality of life. Modern endoprostheses do not cause allergies or rejection, the trauma of the operation itself is minimized and after operation long rehabilitation is not needed.
Prostheses of the future is present already today
Previously, for the manufacture of joint prostheses used ceramics, metal, polyethylene or a combination of these materials . The use of all these options is associated with a risk of poor integration of the implant into the bone tissue, which can lead to inflammation and the need to re-apply the implant. However, this issue was resolved when Israeli specialists created a unique titanium prosthesis “Trabecular titanium”. This type of prosthesis mimic the cellular structure of the trabecular bone. Moreover, the prosthesis is created by the method of electron beam melting, so that it is 100% consistent with any three-dimensional design with parts of different textures. The prosthesis perfectly integrates with the bone tissue which ensures long-term success.
Why the orthopedist must have accuracy like a jeweler?
It turns out that the cosmic accuracy of manipulation is necessary not only for neurosurgeons or cardiac surgeons but also for orthopedists. Today leading doctors of the world perform the most complex microsurgical operations, for example microsurgery of a cartilage. However, not without the help of technology. In this issue, surgeons are helped by ultramodern equipment, which can increase the operating field in tens to hundreds time. We are talking about modern microscopes, which are already available today in the best clinics of the world that allow physicians with precision jewelry to perform manipulations on especially small anatomical structures.
Orthopedics is most often associated with surgical treatment, even if it is minimally invasive. However, today there are techniques that will help to avoid surgery. Orthokin-therapy is a modern method of treatment of joints and spine diseases . An innovative technique was created by German specialists who found a way to stimulate the human body to repair damaged tissues and contain the inflammatory process. This is possible due to the activation of the biological factor IL-1Ra. It is part of the blood plasma and can prevent changes in joints associated with premature wear & tear of the cartilaginous tissue and articular surfaces. Orthokin therapy has become a real boon for those patients who are not slow in taking treatment and have noticed the problem on time.
To conclude this, today the focus of attention is on the patient’s opinion, not the doctor’s. It is important for a modern specialist how you see success or failure. And only on the basis of this you will be treated. In the clinics of Germany, Israel ,Turkey and other advanced countries, the principle of “patient-reported result” has long been used, which means that after treatment the result will not be assessed by standard postoperative parameters, but will be assessed by the changes in the quality of patient’s life. Therefore, in any case the game is still worth the candle.