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We’re All Getting Older, Back Pain Doesn’t Have to Get Worse

Degenerative disc disease may be a natural change in the spine as we age or a result of years of heavy use.  In addition to the intervertebral discs, the vertebrae themselves, the muscles and ligaments (like just about every other body part) wear out as we age. Tension and stress placed on the spine due to work, sports or other activities, can accelerate this damage. In Manhattan, Paul M. Brisson, MD, understands degenerative discs and their treatment like few other doctors. If you choose Dr. Brisson, you can be confident that you’ve chosen the best spine surgery doctor in Manhattan.

The Issues

Spinal discs are soft, gel-filled tissues which cushion the vertebrae, keeping the bones separate to prevent them rubbing against each other. Degenerative disc disease includes tearing in the disc, also called a disc herniation, and bulging discs, which result in compression of the nerves of the spinal cord. The cartilage and water content of discs also decrease over time, reducing their effectiveness. Any changes to the spinal column will affect the nerves, resulting in localized or radiating pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and a general decreased in motor function or other forms of nerve damage.

Nerve and spinal disk damage are not a time to “just walk it off”, and not conditions that heal themselves.

How Does Dr. Brisson Differ from Other Doctors?

Degenerative disc treatment must cater to each patient’s individual needs. Dr. Brisson begins with a thorough examination to diagnose each patient’s particular issues. He follows that with conservative methods, including physical therapy, stretching and exercise, which can temporarily relieve the compression of spinal regions. These increases nerve space and decreases back pain, as the nerves are no longer being pinched.

When the basic therapies don’t provide sufficient relief, spinal disc or nerve damage may need surgical treatment. A discectomy or microdiscectomy may be indicated. These require the removing all or some of a herniated disc or discs pressing on the neural tissue. In other cases, artificial disc replacement, a more advanced and more challenging alternative, must be considered.

Proudly Serving Patients in New York

For over a quarter century, Dr. Brisson has been helping patients with back pain issues.  His skills and experience have earned him 10 consecutive years of recognition by Castle Connolly and many other honors. Contact Dr. Brisson’s office today, to ask any questions or to schedule a consultation then come to NY Spine Care, where you’ll find the highest quality and standard of care for all your spinal issues.

Improving Your Recovery with Bloodless Spine Surgery

Bloodless spine surgery is designed to minimize blood loss and avoid transfusions. Originally developed for patients with religious objections, research now shows that, overall, patients do better post-surgically when they don’t require them. In Manhattan, Paul M. Brisson, MD, has been doing transfusion-free procedures for many years; he has both the skill and experience to deal expertly with your spinal issues.

Blood Transfusions and Surgery

Patients considering bloodless surgery see numerous possible benefits:

  • Avoiding potential blood reactions and contaminants, including being given the wrong type of blood.
  • Eliminating certain risks of immune responses.
  • Eliminating transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO), a result of giving too much blood.
  • Eliminating transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI), in which the lungs fill with fluid creating the potential for respiratory failure.
  • Faster recovery and shorter hospital stays, resulting in fewer hospital infections.

There are also potential mid- and long-term effects of blood transfusions. Research on this subject is in its early stages, but some doctors are beginning to see transfusion risks, for some patients, as significant as transplant risks.

The Research

In 2012, the Archives of Internal Medicine published a study focused on Jehovah’s Witnesses, who decline transfusions. The study found no greater risk for bloodless cardiac surgery than for patients who chose the traditional route. It also found that, compared to transfusion patients, no-transfusion patients spent less time in the ICU; less total hospital time on average; and had a higher survival rate — 95 percent for Jehovah’s Witnesses versus 89 percent for patients overall.

Likewise, the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery noted that blood-management programs help hospitals reduce unneeded blood draws, reducing costs of acquiring and storing blood, which savings can be passed on to patients and insurance companies.

Come to Where the Expertise Is

Dr. Brisson has been helping patients relieve back pain for more than 25 years.  He eliminates the need for most transfusions through exceptional surgical skills which have earned him recognition by the Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Institute. He’s also listed with Castle Connolly as one of New York Metro’s Top Doctors — an honor repeatedly earned for 10 consecutive years. When you come to NY Spine Care, you’ll find the expertise and experience you need and the highest quality and standard of care beginning the moment you come through the door. Contact Dr. Brisson’s office today, to ask any questions or to schedule a consultation.

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