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Format: 04/23/2014
Format: 04/23/2014


WJRT-TV, Michigan: 'Stitches' may help back patients

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

A couple of "stiches" may fix back pain for good, sparing patients from a possible second surgery.
HealthFirst reporter Leslie Toldo tells us about the new procedure that could great news for a lot of people.
People with disc-related pain, which can oftentimes come back, could face multiple surgeries.
Imagine not being able to walk, sit or bend without feeling intense 
Joann Seaman can tell you what it's like. "By the time I came home every day, I was close to tears. And the only comfortable position I could find would be laying flat on the floor."
A herniated, or damaged, disc in her lower back was pushing against a nerve.
Surgery was the best option. Typically, doctors remove the portion of the disc causing the pain, but that leaves a hole behind., which can lead to another injury.
"At least 10 percent of the patients who have a discectomy will have a re-herniation of that disc," said Dr. Eugene Bonaroti.
Doctors are now testing a device designed to close the gap for good. The new repair system acts like a mini-sewing machine. The tip of the device is inserted into the disc wall where it anchors sutures on either side of the hole and pulls it shut for patients.
This reduces the risk of a second surgery. "For him to give me the hope that this could keep it from re-herniating, I was excited about that," Joann said.

To read more or see the video, visit the WJRT-TV web site.

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