Four new medical centers have been opened by Vejthani Hospital to underline the hospital’s focus on orthopedics as a specialty. One of the new centers at the hospital treats the widest range of spine problems and conditions in Thailand. It offers modern equipment and technologies, as well as qualified and experienced doctors and staff.
This is good news for both locals and foreigners who appreciate the lower cost and higher quality of medical care in Thailand, as they can have all their medical issues treated by knowledgeable and caring professionals.
Favored Destination for Medical Tourism
‘Medical Tourism’ is the name given to the phenomenon of patients traveling overseas from their home countries in search of better and less expensive medical care. Thailand has been one of the leading proponents and providers of medical tourism services for more than a decade.
Vejthani Hospital offers a range of services from air ambulances and translation, to visa and immigration services for its overseas patients. The hospital makes it easier for foreigners to visit Thailand on a medical tourism basis.
And now, people all over the world with back and spine issues are finding even more of a reason to make Thailand their next destination.
Comprehensive Spine Treatments
Most people in the world will suffer from back or spine issues at some point in their lives. Spine problems can be serious and should never be ignored. Vejthani Hospital’s Spine Center is a one-stop destination that offers diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of issues.
The treatments utilize the latest technologies and equipment, and they’re performed by board-certified doctors and surgeons specializing in orthopedics and experienced in the latest spinal procedures and treatments.
The treatments you can expect to receive at the Spine Center include the use of an O-arm navigator and robotics to make the procedures more precise and exacting. They also make use of both endoscopy and microscopy to reduce the invasiveness of the procedures and treatments.
Patients can travel to the Spine Center for:
Discectomy or Microdiscectomy
A discectomy is the removal of a ruptured or herniated disc. By removing the injured disc, pressure is relieved on the nerve running along the spine. This enables pain to be reduced and helps to restore the patient’s freedom of movement. A microdiscectomy is a minimally-invasive version of the same procedure that can provide quick relief.
A foraminotomy involves the removal of pieces of bone or tissue in the canal where nerve roots branch off the spinal cord and exit the spinal column. This is another procedure used to lessen pressure on spinal nerves.
Laminectomy and Laminotomy
There are two more procedures used to lessen pressure on the spinal nerves. The one chosen by your surgeon will depend on your individual case and medical condition.
A laminectomy removes the plate at the back of the vertebrae to increase space within the spinal canal and relieve pain and pressure caused by compressing the nerve in the canal. A laminotomy removes a piece of the vertebral arch covering the spinal cord.
Scoliosis most often appears in young children. If the child is still growing, treatment generally starts by simply monitoring the condition, as cases of scoliosis can often heal themselves.
More pronounced cases may require a brace to be worn to provide support to growing muscles and force the spine to grow correctly. In the most serious cases, surgery is required. The spine will be straightened by one of three methods: spinal fusion, expanding rod, or vertebral body tethering.
Each of these techniques has its pros and cons. The child also may require a spinal fusion after the removal of the expanding rods. Scoliosis surgical treatment is a lengthy procedure that can require anywhere from 6 to 12 months to completely straighten the patient’s spine.
Spinal fusion is a surgical technique to connect two or more vertebrae. There are different techniques used depending on the individual patient. The techniques include:
- Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
- Lateral Interbody Fusion (LIF)
- Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
- Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
Spinal fusion is used to solve several spinal conditions. The technique is used to strengthen a structurally weak or unstable spine. If there’s too much movement between two of your vertebrae, a spinal fusion will help stop the movement. A spinal fusion can also be used to stabilize the spine after the removal of a herniated disc.
The third application of spinal fusion is at the end of some types of scoliosis correction surgery. It’s used to maintain the correct shape of the spine. A bone graft may be used in spinal fusion surgery using the patient’s bone material or a donor’s bone. The procedure can also rely on instrumentation, including rods and screws and forgo a bone graft.
Make Your Destination the Spine Center in Bangkok
With such a wide variety of both surgical and non-surgical spine treatments available in one location, the Spine Center is growing in popularity for local and foreign patients with spinal issues. For a comprehensive selection of spinal treatments, make an appointment with one of the best spine hospitals in Thailand and visit Vejthani Hospital’s Spine Center.
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