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While the results of spinal surgery remain excellent for properly identified patients who have failed to improve with extensive conservative treatment, an estimated 20–40% of spinal surgery operations may result in failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) accompanied by complaints of persistent pain or new-onset pain after a period of pain relief. Many of these patients undergo additional surgeries to correct the situation. However, success rates decrease significantly with each subsequent surgery.
A Montefiore Medical Center cardiac team has a patient on the table prepped for open-heart surgery when he breaks out in hives. It’s an allergic reaction to one of the medicines administered, and the surgery has to be aborted. Although allergies constitute as much as 10% of adverse reactions to medications, many patients’ lives depend on taking the very drugs to which they are allergic.
The Rockland County Community Health Assessment of 2010-2013 reveals the county boasts a lower hospitalization rate for cardiovascular disease, yet has a higher mortality rate from coronary heart disease, than other New York counties.
Northern Westchester Hospital expands its Robotics Institute with the addition of the newly introduced da Vinci Si Surgical system Robot. The advanced 3-D, HD visualization and innovative instrumentation open a world of possibilities for patients needing colorectal surgery.
The treatment for nonoperative cervical disc herniation begins with an accurate history and physical examination. There may be other comorbidities present with cervical disc herniation, such as shoulder problems, fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndromes. The source of pain can be from muscle, nerve root, disc or facet. Most cervical disc herniations improve on their own within six to 12 weeks with little or no treatment. Less than 3% require surgery.