Treatment Approaches to Lumbar Disc Herniation

January 25, 2016

In this program, orthopaedic physicians compare various surgical techniques for dealing with spinal disc herniation. Rita Kandel, MD, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Toronto and Mt. Sinai Hospital begins with a discussion on biological disc replacement. Dr. Kandel is doing research on reproducing annulus tissues in a laboratory setting and on establishing methods for injecting these tissues into an injured disc. Roger Hartl, MD, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Chief of Spinal Surgery and Neurotrauma at Weill Cornell Medical College follows with a review of research comparing discectomies to minimally invasive approaches to spine surgery.

Next, Carlo Bellabarba, MD, UW Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Neurological Surgery talks about anticipated outcomes after discectomy. He attempts to answer questions commonly asked by patients with current research on the outcomes of various surgical methods. Randal Chesnut, MD, UW Professor in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine closes this program with a comparison of research studies dealing with the management of recurrent lumbar disc herniation. There are many reasons a discectomy can fail, but a surgeon doing a subsequent procedure must first evaluate why the original operation failed before proceeding.

Rita Kandel, MD, The University of Toronto and Mt. Sinai Hospital
Roger Hartl, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
Carlo Bellabarba, MD, UW Medicine
Randal Chesnut, MD, UW Medicine