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Changing Spinal Surgery through “Ultrasonic” Minimally Invasive Procedures

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old” ― Peter F. Drucker

Dr. Cantor and Dr. Asghar at the Cantor Spine Institute are devoted to advancing the field of spinal surgery through safer, innovative, and transformative techniques. Their practice is grounded in motion-preserving and function-sparing spinal surgery, with an emphasis on fusion alternative surgery for the treatment of cervical stenosis, lumbar stenosis, lumbar spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, spinal deformity, and other disabling spinal problems. Through methodical research, outcome analysis, and embracing cutting edge technology, they have developed new and novel process, techniques, and procedures. Together, they have pioneered the use of ultrasonic technology to completely change the way spinal surgery is done, redefining, and moving minimal invasive surgery into the future.

Their work is inspired by the shortcomings of traditional spinal surgery. When using the current, dated, spinal surgery methods, the process of relieving painful pressure from nerves involves removing some of the necessary supports of the spine. The anatomical parts, that hold us up and keeps us strong and mobile, are disabled. With traditional surgery, the structures that have been removed are replaced with fusions, supported by rods and screws. Mobility is lost, function is compromised and pain often recurs within an unacceptably short period of time. These surgically created changes in the structures of the spine can often lead to the eventual need for additional surgeries.

Dr John AsgharDr. Asghar and Dr. Cantor have invested the necessary time and effort to master the use of the most sophisticated new surgical tools and techniques to offer their patients different and better spinal surgery. Their in depth understanding of, and the use of ultrasonic technology, has enabled Dr. Asghar and Dr. Cantor to achieve a level of safety and precision that is not possible with traditional spine surgery tools and lasers and is their platform for a completely different surgical process. The “Ultrasonic” vibrating blade dissolves painful bone spurs and can be used safely, even in direct contact with delicate nerves. When it touches your finger, it feels like an electric toothbrush, but the ultrasonic blade will cut through a painful bone spur "like a hot knife through butter". This process makes "precision" spinal surgery possible. Painful bone spurs are dissolved from the inside out. Only what is pinching the nerve is removed. The normal and necessary structures of the spine are not disrupted. Function and normal mobility are preserved and abnormal stresses are not created. This negates the need for many spinal fusions, and the accompanying screws and rods. Fixing one problem does not create three others. This technique is a “value” for patients seeking a lifestyle preserving, long lasting solution for their spine problems.

Benefits of minimally invasive Ultrasonic Spine Surgery:

  • Preservation of normal spinal anatomy (important parts)
  • Preserved function and mobility
  • Greater than 90% reduction in the number of spinal fusions
  • Reduction in the use of rods and screws needed for spinal fusion
  • The smallest possible incision
  • Reduction in surgical pain
  • Reduction in opioid use
  • Dramatic reduction in blood loss and almost complete elimination of use of blood transfusions
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Fewer complications
  • Faster and easier recovery

Dr. Asghar has recently joined the Cantor Spine Institute team and brings with him a necessary and unique set of skills. He is the director of our complex spinal deformities team and specializes in the treatment of pediatric and adult scoliosis and spinal deformity. He also specializes in revision surgery. Combining his extensive experience, with forward thinking and cutting edge technologies, Dr Asghar is redefining “minimally invasive” in the process of scoliosis and complex spinal deformity treatment.

Starting from the very first contact, our patient experience is modern, safer and “better.” Scoliosis screening efficiently defines patient needs and places them in the appropriate treatment plan. New, EOS® Imaging can with a single X-ray exposure, give a 3D look at the entire body, a process that would with traditional X-ray would require six to eight exposures. This cutting-edge new technology dramatically reduces patient X-ray exposure. Newly developed Schroth Method provides a physical therapy approach to scoliosis treatment and the most modern bracing equipment and protocols are used to reduce the need for, and complexity of, scoliosis and deformity surgery. And, if surgery is absolutely unavoidable, Dr. Asghar has adopted and designed minimally invasive ultrasonic techniques and all of its advantages.

Dr. Anthony GiuffridaDr.Giuffrida, the Director of Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine at the Cantor Spine institute, uses the most modern, combined with the proven best traditional techniques to relieve our patient’s pain. His expertise in the use of stem cells is offering our patients viable alternatives. His goals are clear: use any and all proven methods to reduce the need for surgery.

The Cantor Spine Institute Perioperative Risk Management Program provides optimal care by ensuring effective transitioning throughout the surgical process. This is a sophisticated, risk assessment, and risk mitigation program that utilizes algorithms and patient data to identify individual patient risks and provide clear direction with meticulous planning and preparation. The goal of this data driven and proven system is to decrease surgical risk, prevent complications, and insure the most favorable outcomes for our patients.

At the Cantor Spine Institute, compassionate care combined with continuous innovation is our distinctive approach. Resolving spinal problems without surgery is always our first plan, but when that has not allowed our patients to reach their goals, they need to be well prepared, well educated, informed and confident. Surgery needs to be minimally invasive, well planned, well executed, safer and “better.” The Cantor Spine Institute is dedicated to delivering the best patient care across the entirety of the patient journey, and we’re proud to have an expert medical team that is aligned in the constant goal of getting our patients what they need...to get “better.

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