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Chronic pain and difficulty in walking; There is a solution…

Spectacular results have been achieved in the last years the treatment of Spinal Stenosis, individuals of the third age…
with the method of Percutaneous Decompression of the Spinal canal! The patients after the application of minimally invasive method, are exempted from chronic pain , while return immediately to their daily activities.
“Indeed, the Percutaneous Decompression of the Spinal canal is currently the method of choice, and exempt the elderly from chronic pain in the lower back ( spine),”says the neurosurgeon-surgeon of the spine, a visiting professor, mr. John Πολυθοδωράκης.
The surgery takes approximately 1 hour,requires one-day hospitalization , there is no need for blood and immediately the patient return to their daily activities.
πόνος8Αξιοσημείωτο is the fact that the procedure can be performed even in patients over 80 years old, as well as studies performed in this age group both in the US and in other European countries (including Greece) have shown that the method of Percutaneous Decompression had excellent results with an extremely low rate of complications.
“With the implementation of the new surgical method for directly help the elderly of our fellow citizens to live without pain, with health and dignity in the years of retirement, years that want to enjoy life after years of hard work,” adds mr. Πολυθοδωράκης.
The Spinal Stenosis or Narrowing of the Spinal canal is the most common condition of the spine and affects 1 in 3 elderly . The second most common medical condition is Spondylolisthesis (15%), followed by Degenerative disease of the Disc.
The modern accepted therapeutic approach for Spinal Stenosis is conservative treatment begins with anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications, physical therapy and techniques to address pain such as epidural injections of steroids, and the επισκληριδοσκόπηση.
πόνος5Μακροπρόθεσμα however, only 15% of patients will improve with conservative means , while 70% will continue to have pain and difficulty walking.
“For this reason, most patients with Spinal Stenosis will require surgical intervention for definitive treatment and cure. Today, the Percutaneous Decompression of the Spinal canal is the best solution especially for a patient with multiple other medical problems,” concludes mr. Πολυθοδωράκης.
SPINAL STENOSIS: THE EPIDEMIC OF the 3rd AGE
In the last 20 years we have increase of the demographic aging in developed countries in the western world , which is due on the one hand, the lengthening of the average term of survival, on the other hand, the increasingly low birth rates.
The ageing of the population both in Greece and in Europe, causing a lot of problems-medical, social, family, financial, insurance, etc. hiring explosive proportions in the coming decades.
πόνος6Τις next two decades, the surgery of the Spine will be faced with a new demographic composition that the majority of people will be 65 years old and over.
The frequency of Spinal Stenosis in Europe and in the USA it has been calculated that will be affecting from 8 to 11% of the population over the age of 65 years. It is estimated that 2.4 million Americans and 4.5 million Europeans will suffer from Spinal Stenosis 2020. In Greece, this number will exceed 100,000 patients.
In the medical literature it is known that the pains of the spine is a chronic problem. Also many disorders of the Spine in the elderly is a result of progress of disease had been observed earlier in their lives.
Hernias of Intervertebral Discs, Osteophytes, and Osteoarthritis of the Spine are common causes of Spinal Stenosis.
An additional challenge is the increased presence of accompanying diseases, which will be a factor that will affect the cost but πόνος4και the same treatment. Normal escorts disease is diabetes mellitus, hypertension , osteoarthritis, obesity, smoking , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hypercholesterolaemia.
GREECE THE FIRST COUNTRY THE ELDERLY
The first place among the member-states of the European Union’s ageing population owns Greece, with a growth rate of 21,4%, compared with 17,2% of the european average.
The 14% of the Greek people over the age of 65χρόνων, according to forecasts by 2020 the percentage of elderly will exceed 20% and in 2030 around 30% of the population!
On the basis of data and forecasts of Eurostat, it is estimated that today, in the European Union correspond to 4 employees (15-64 years) per 1 pensioner over the age of 65χρόνων,the 2060 will account for just 2 workers for every 1 retired!

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