Of Efficiency and Safety of an Anterior Percutaneous Approach for Cervical Discectomy
Michael Schubert & Susanne Merk
A bottle of fine red wine next to their pillow and the complete absence of pain from their cervical (neck), thoracic (rib cage) or lumbar (lower back) regions of his spine. This is the pleasant surprise each of Dr. Michael Schubert’s thousands of patients experience two hours after their surgery at his renowned Apex Spine Centre for Endoscopic Intervertebral Disc Surgery and Spinal Surgery –which Dr Schubert created next to Munich’s Olympic Park. During the last 11 years he has carried out more than 6,000 successful endoscopic spinal surgeries at the centre using an advanced technique and a new generation of operating instruments which he co-designed.
One clumsy movement and the athlete Junsz M. from Munich couldn't move anymore. The extreme sports athlete and physiotherapist who had helped thousands of back pain patients with conservative therapy was now in need for help himself. All conservative treatments had failed. His biggest concern was that he might be no longer able to kite.
More and more athletes rely on the apex spine Center in Munich. This was also the case for the competitive swimmer Poul from Denmark. In December 2012 Poul underwent an endoscopic disc surgery at Dr. Schubert from the apex spine Center in Munich after he had endoured several weeks of unsuccessful conservative therapy.
Less than 3 months later Poul made it to the top for the 200m back stroke and the third place for the 200m butterfly during the Danish Seniors' Swimming Championship.
We share his joy and wish all the best for his future.
Maybe the latest skis and snow boards or a new cool sled are already waiting below the Christmas Tree. To prevent that the first downhill race ends up as a nightmare, Dr. Armin Helmbrecht explains what has to be considered before heading for the slopes.
Dr. Michael Schubert carries out the first endoscopic disk surgery with the TESSYS technique at the University of Lille. Guest speaker and presentations about endoscopic TESSYS interventions at the University of Seoul/South Korea. First endoscopic disk surgery at the cervical spine with the CESSYS technique at the University of Chongqing/China.
Dr. Michael Schubert performs the first endoscopic disk surgery of the cervical spine at the University Chogquing/China. He does that with the CESSYS-technique which was developed in cooperation with him.
Not only the lower back can hurt but also the cervical spine is prone to functional impairments that can lead to severe neck pain. Statistics show that patients wait a lot longer before they see a physician than if they suffer from lower back problems. However there is no need to worry: modern procedures allow for successful pain relief and yet preserve mobility.
At the University of Lille Dr. Schubert from the Munich Apex Spine Center did the first endoscopic surgery on a herniated disk patient. The patient left the clinic already one day after the intervention and he was pain free and in good mood.
Fusion surgery is often dispensable: If problems with the spine make life to hell, modern surgical techniques may help. „Still a lot of people are offered a fusion surgery as a last resort“, states Christian Schulz. „However, in many cases a motion preserving spine surgery would be possible as a valuable alternative to stiffening“
A few words describe a whole drama: rowing world champion suffers from a severe herniated disc during his training for the next competition. Conventional methods fail. Rehab doesn‘t help either. Over? Fortunately not quite. Rowing world champion Matthias Schömann-Finck from Saarbrücken went to Dr. Michael Schubert from the Munich apex-spine Center who does the most tissue preserving disc surgery of the world.
Spine surgeons from Thailand came over to meet the spine surgeons of the apex spine center Dr. Armin Helmbrecht and Christian Schultz. The Thai guests participated at several surgical interventions to get informed about the latest techniques especially for the minimally invasive treatment of spinal stenosis. The apex spine center is an international visitation and education center for surgeons from all over the world.
Sometimes it's all of a sudden. A quick twisting, a wrong move, heavy lifting while bent over - and suddenly it is there: the unbearable pain in the back. If this pain radiates into arms, buttocks or legs or if there is a feeling of numbness in the hands or feet, the physician will possibly find a herniated disk on your MRI. Is a surgery then inevitable?
Virtually everybody suffers from back pain at least once in his life. If this suffering gets chronic, however, and no drugs or physiotherapy can provide any relief, surgery may be an option. Modern techniques often can help patients back to an upright life. A new option are bumpers made of plastics and silicone. They offer help in spinal disc degeneration, vertebral slippage or spinal stenosis.
I needed to tell just one sentence and diagnosis was established and then also confirmed by imaging techniques. Neither the orthopedic specialist nor the radiologist I had visited before, had identified the herniated disc. They told me to do some sports and that surgery would not help. Immediately after the surgery in the ATOS clinic, my symptoms disappeared and I was also pain free. Absolute number 1 address for spinal disc problems.