Zhong Wenlong, the attending physician of the orthopedics department at the China-Hong Kong Branch of the clarification hospital, refers to minimally invasive spinal surgery under the National Health Insurance, and can walk out of bed wearing a brace within 1 to 2 days after the operation.

(Provided by Clarification Hospital’s China and Hong Kong Campus)

[Reporter Su Jinfeng/Taichung Report] A 70-year-old uncle was engaged in heavy lifting and heavy work when he was young for a long time, until his lumbar spine was severely narrowed and slipped, but he could not afford the expensive minimally invasive surgery. Clarify the hospital in Hong Kong The hospital helped him with a "minimally invasive spine surgery". Due to the insurance payment, the patient not only recovered and walked freely after the operation, but also thanked the health insurance for giving him a "courageous" old age.

Abo's family is not rich. In recent years, he has suffered from long-term back pain. Recently, due to lameness, he walked not far and stood for a short time, and even his legs were so weak that he could not walk. Although he had undergone rehabilitation with Chinese and Western medicine, he did not improve. He went to a large hospital. After seeking medical advice, he was diagnosed with severe stenosis and slippage of the 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae. He was advised to undergo minimally invasive surgery at his own expense of 100,000 to 200,000 yuan. Since he could not afford the expensive surgery fee, he went to the Orthopedics Department of Clarification Hospital for consultation.

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Zhong Wenlong, the attending physician of orthopedics at the Hong Kong Branch of Clarification Hospital, said that there are too many patients of this type who cannot afford the high surgical fees, so he created a new type of spine surgery, skipping the high out-of-pocket fees necessary for minimally invasive spine surgery, and allowing patients to enjoy health insurance After payment, you can walk out of bed with a brace 1 to 2 days after the operation, which is a great boon for patients undergoing spinal surgery.

The key to the so-called "minimally invasive spinal surgery" lies in the position of the surgical knife. Zhong Wenlong said that after entering through the traditional incision, the muscles next to the spine will not be stripped, but the outer side of the back muscles along the muscle fibers can be used to reach deep into the lumbar spine. The vertebral segment where the steel nail needs to be implanted does not destroy and only pulls away the muscle fibers. After entering the affected area, the surrounding tissue that compresses the nerve is removed first, and then the steel nail is implanted. The spinal surgery is completed, and the operation time is only minimally invasive. half of.

After this operation, Abo can sit up the next day, and can walk on his own after wearing the brace two days later. After 2 months, he can live normally without the brace, riding a bicycle or jogging without any problems.

Zhong Wenlong said that stenosis or spondylolisthesis of the lumbar spine is usually a phenomenon of aging, and it is related to young people's work. Excessive use of the lumbar spine is the biggest hidden worry. Especially the elderly should reduce lifting heavy objects and avoid repeated bending or hunchback. To reduce the risk of lumbar spine injury, because the lumbar spine is gradually aging, the ligamentum flavum will proliferate, resulting in stenosis of the lumbar spine, or even slipping due to running, compressing the spinal cord and nerve roots, causing back pain in mild cases, and may cause claudication in severe cases stand.

A 70-year-old man suffered from severe stenosis and spondylolisthesis in his lumbar spine. He couldn't pay for the expensive minimally invasive surgery. After undergoing the "minimally invasive spine surgery" paid by the health insurance, he can walk freely.

(Provided by Clarification Hospital’s China and Hong Kong Campus)

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