Yeung Endoscopic Spine System (YESS) – An overview
The surgical technology for spinal surgeries has grown significantly in the past few years. It is becoming increasingly efficient and easier to perform intricate and delicate surgical operation on the vital spinal region that stores the main nerve roots. Many innovative and revolutionary techniques have been applied to minimize the risk and maximize the rate of success for spinal surgeries. The Yeung Endoscopic Spine System (YESS) is the latest in line from the most advanced and efficient spine surgery systems developed in the medical and surgical field. Conceptualized by Dr. Yeung, a well-known American spine surgeon, and expert, this surgical system helps to relieve the pain in the back as well as allow faster recovery and lesser complications from the surgical procedure.
The Yeung Endoscopic Spine System (YESS) – How it works?
The Yeung Endoscopic Spine System (YESS) is a revolutionary and innovative minimally invasive spinal surgery system developed by the well-known American spine surgeon and expert, Dr. Anthony Yeung. This procedure requires making fewer (2-3) very small (keyhole) incisions in the back over the affected spinal region. The surgeon uses an endoscope, which is a small, thin and flexible surgical tube, to perform the procedure. This endoscope is initially attached to a cold light source and video camera at its end. The other similar tubes are attached with special miniaturized surgical instruments that are required for the surgical procedure. The surgeon will begin the surgery with the administration of general anesthesia in order to avoid discomfort and pain to you during the surgery. After making the keyhole incisions the surgeon will initially insert the endoscope with the video camera into one of the incisions. This allows the surgeon to get a clear and detailed view of the operation area (damaged vertebra) on a video monitor. The other endoscope for this procedure is attached with an ‘obturator’ device. The surgeon will insert this into the affected area and use it to dilate the outer bulging (herniated) inter-vertebral disc. The surgeon uses a guide-wire to help insert the surgical tools to reach the correct location. The obturator is useful for spreading apart the damaged tissue from the spinal nerve roots. Other devices are used to keep the spine stable while the surgeon fixes the degenerated disc. This helps to relieve the pressure from the spinal cord and helps relieve the resultant severe back and leg pain.
Benefits of Yeung Endoscopic Spine System (YESS)
The treatment of various spinal disorders, such as the lumbar disc herniation or stenosis, is successfully done using the minimally invasive Yeung Endoscopic Spine System (YESS). This method has several advantages over other spinal surgery methods, such as:
- No bleeding
- Advantageous for removing abnormal disc material with less risk of disc collapse
- Much safer than other spinal surgery methods
- Faster post-surgical recovery as compared to other conventional spinal surgery methods
- Less risk of nerve or tissue damage due to the use of the endoscopic technique.
The Yeung Endoscopic Spine System is one of the most advanced and advantageous spinal surgery techniques in use today. This minimally invasive surgical method has comparatively lower risks and the higher rate of success than other similar spinal surgery methods making it one of the most popular spinal surgery treatment techniques today.
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