The delicate and complex composition of the spine requires the expertise of a specialist. Dr. Ngu, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with fellowship training in spinal surgery, is highly qualified to diagnose and treat a multitude of disorders affecting the cervical (neck) and lumbar spine (lower back). He specializes in relieving back and neck pain resulting from degenerative conditions, deformity, and injuries including:
RELIEF FOR PINCHED NERVES
An aching back is one of the most frequent reasons for visiting the orthopaedist and the second leading cause of missed workdays in adults under the age of 45. Straining or spraining the muscles or ligaments, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, and injured or herniated discs are some of the common causes of this condition. Most back pain, whether acute or chronic can be treated with a prescribed period of modified activity and medications to relieve pain and inflammation. After the pain has eased, Dr. Ngu may prescribe physical therapy to increase muscle strength and flexibility.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE (MIS) SURGERY: THE BENEFITS
The vertebrae in the spinal column protect the spinal cord white soft gel-like discs between the vertebrae act as spacers and “shock absorbers”. When the discs degenerate or are injured, the space between the vertebrae shrinks and the nerve openings on the side of the spine narrow “pinching” the nerves and causing back and frequently leg pain.
Common spinal disorders that can cause pinched nerves include:
Discs Degeneration – when discs dry out and lose their ability to cushion the vertebrae
Herniated Disc – a disc that bulges or ruptures due to aging or injury
Spondylolisthesis – when a vertebrae slips out of line with a adjacent vertebrae
Spinal Stenosis – a narrowing of the spinal canal that can squeeze and irritate the spinal cord and nerve roots
Dr. Ngu will treat the majority of pinched nerves without surgery. When surgery is required, Dr. Ngu performs advanced, minimally invasive procedures whenever possible and appropriate.
EFFECTIVE TREATMENT OF SCOLIOSIS
Minimally invasive techniques are drastically changing the face of spine surgery. Dr. Ngu can frequently repair a damaged area of the spine using specialized instruments through very small incisions. The MIS procedures result in shorter hospital stay, less recovery time, and much smaller scars for his patients. Dr. Ngu uses another MIS procedure “kyphoplasty” to relieve the pain and deformity caused by a vertebral body through a tiny incision to restore it to its original size. Bone cement is then injected to stabilize the vertebral segment.
Minimally invasive spine surgery offers obvious advantages over traditional open procedures, including less post-operative pain, shorter hospital stays, and faster recuperation time. Dr. Ngu also performs artificial disc replacement to the cervical spine. This procedure is designed to preserve motion and could be suitable for some patients suffering from degenerative disc disease.