Spacecoast Living Health Magazine - July 2012
Deuk Laser Disc Repair® is a novel full-endoscopic, motion preserving, laser assisted, outpatient surgical procedure for the back and neck proven to safely treat herniated or bulging discs, annular tares, pinched nerves, stenosism and symptomativ disc disease; perfomed by Dr. Ara Deukmedjian, Board Certified Neurosurgeon and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at UCF College of Medicine, Chief Executive Officer of Deuk Spine Institute with offices in Titusville, Melbourne, and Viera.
Affectionately referred to as Dr. Deuk, his revolutionary procedure - the Deuk Laser Disc Repair® - has been successfully performed on sever back and neck pain patients over 350 times in the past four years with a 95 percent success rate. The procedure is provided as an alternative to the quite invasive and commonly used open back or "fusion surgery."
The benefits of Deuk Laser Disc Repair® include lower cost, smaller incision, non-fusion, perservation of segmental motion, outpatient, faster recovery, less postoperative analgesic use, fewer complications, no hardware failure, no pseudoarthrosis, and no increased risk of adjacent segment disease as seen with fusion. Using the smallest surgical incision possible of 4mm, the patient is ready to return to work within one to three days.
The procedure is an endoscopically and laser assisted with the surgeon using direct visualization of the spinal disc. The outpatient surgery advances the science of spinal surgery much as arthroscopic surgery did for knees and shoulders where the orthopedic surgeon repairs damaged tissue. Arthroscpoic and endoscopic procedures have been made very public and popular because of the use on athletes to return them to performance without a large invasive knee surgery, for example. The difference in Deuk Laser Disc Repair® is that the surgery is performed alongside your central nervous system. Therefore, you need a highly skilled surgeon who is trained in both endoscopic laser procedures and educated as a neurosurgeon. Traditionally, neurosurgeons do not learn the techniques of laser endoscopy because other invasive surgeries such as fusion have always been the norm.
The innovative and highly skilled Dr. Deuk refused to believe that spinal fusion was the only treatment method. Research papers now in the submission process document the medical efficacy of this innovative enhancement to patient treatment for nech and back pain. Leading the way in patient advocacy, Dr. Deuk and his team at Deuk Spine Institute are providing a comprehensive approach to pain management that successfully gives individuals their lives back without the debilitating pain from back and neck issues.