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Dr Singh presented to over 100 GPs at Westmead private Hospital along with Dr McMaster and Dr Cree.
Thanks to Dr Andrew Cree (Orthopaedic Surgeon), Dr Jacqueline McMaster (Neurosurgeon) and Dr Bhisham Singh (Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon) for an informative GP education session tonight. The cold didn’t keep anyone away with a great turn out and lots of interest in novel techniques in scoliosis surgery, radiculopathy arm and leg pain and spine vs joint pain. We are very lucky to have such dedicated specialists who take the time to keep our GP community up to date on the latest techniques.
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Dual-Surgeon Spinal Deformity Surgery
Deformity surgery is one of the more challenging procedures in spinal surgery and can account for long operative times and blood losses. Even among Fellowship-trained Deformity Surgeons, many studies show intraoperative adverse events and related postoperative complications rate of 10 to 15%. Significant blood loss in posterior spinal fusion (PSF) surgery for paediatric and adult scoliosis can cause haemodynamic complications and increases the incidence of allogeneic blood transfusion. The increased risk of intra-operative bleeding is related to the long incision, extensive soft tissue dissection, multi-level decompression surgery, decortication of bony surfaces and prolonged operative time.
Allogenic blood transfusion and increased operative times have been associated with increased infection rate (Shen et al). Surgical site infections (SSI) in spinal deformity surgery carry a very high morbidity to the patient, the family, and a high cost to society. Operative time greater than 5 hours has been associated with higher rates of infection.
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What is Alter G?
The innovative AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill is a game changer in physical therapy rehabilitation. Developed using NASA technology, the AlterG uses air pressure to gently lift the user making it less stressful on joints & injuries thereby aiding faster recovery
How does it work?
The AlterG® calibrates the users’ body weight and then inflates an airtight chamber to allow the patient to exercise at a specific percentage of their body weight.
By decreasing the weight and ground reaction force, patients can rehabilitate while reducing the risk of further injury, which facilitates faster healing.
Who can use it?
Patients of all ages and fitness levels can benefit from this unique & innovative treadmill.
It is suitable for recovery after a wide variety of spinal and lower limb surgical procedures. It gives patients the confidence and ability to run or walk longer and heal faster with less pain.
Also ideal for patients not suitable for hydrotherapy.
Now available at our Bella Vista rooms, please contact us to discuss if the AlterG is right for you.