Recognizing the best way to care for complex health problems is through a Center of Excellence approach, South Bend Orthopaedics created South Bend Spine in 2010 as its spine specialty center. South Bend Spine has a goal of combining the expertise of fellowship-trained spine surgeons, non-surgical spine physicians, spine therapists, X-ray and diagnostics for the convenience of those with back and neck pain. By having it all in one place, the back pain patient no longer has to drive around Northern Indiana to multiple locations.
South Bend Spine uses state of the art minimally invasive techniques and instrumentation to help patients recover in a shorter period of time and allow for a quicker return home. In minimally invasive spine surgery, a smaller incision is made, sometimes only a half-inch in length. The surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through these tiny incisions to access the damaged disc in the spine. Minimally invasive spine surgery requires extensive training and experience to master use of the tools, but there is tremendous benefit for the patient.
Unlike many other spine care providers, spine patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery at South Bend Spine can often have their surgery on an outpatient basis and be home later the same day. In some instances, the fellowship-trained spine surgeons, Dr. Henry DeLeeuw and Dr. Thomas Mango at South Bend Spine utilize an ambulatory surgery center to perform minimally invasive spine surgery, enabling these patients to go home the same day. Recovery in one’s own home can be more comfortable than staying in a hospital bed.
The main reason people go to the doctor is for relief of pain. But if a spine physician focuses exclusively on pain, he can miss the target of return to function. For example, spine specialized therapists move the patient quickly into exercise. South Bend Spine resolved neurological deficit and radicular pain symptoms. At intake, 43% of patients rated their pain level at 7 or more on a 1-10 analog pain scale. After three months, it improved to only 20%. Just as importantly, symptom relief was NOT achieved with pills. For example, 19% of patients were taking 5 or more pills daily for pain relief at entry. After treatment, the number had decreased to only 6%. The spine center also achieved dramatic improvement in functional status scores as well.
As a free community service, this Spine Center of Excellence mails out Home Remedy Books on a limited basis to residents in the region. Home remedy books include information about the spine center, instruction on how to use the exercise book, various exercises to help alleviate back and neck pain, and other home remedies.CLAIM YOUR FREE COPY
For those back and neck pain sufferers who have exhausted nonsurgical treatment options, spine surgery may be the next step in resolving a spine problem. Because spine surgery is a serious decision, it is a good idea to obtain a second opinion from a board-certified and fellowship-trained spine surgeon before undergoing surgery.GET A SECOND OPINION
The centers featured on Spine Center Network are the ONLY spine centers in the United States that collect and report clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction scores to external physician referral sources, employers, insurance company payors, case managers and consumers. Dating back to 1995, Prizm spine centers were the FIRST spine programs in the nation to produce and DISTRIBUTE Clinical Outcome Report Cards to external audiences. However, that is changing rapidly. With the proliferation of spine centers in the United States, and physicians and hospitals chasing after the lucrative spine patient, the race is on to publish outcomes for strategic advantage.
Prizm awards a Crystal Apple, entitled the Marcus Welby Award, for the doc who scores the highest for the three categories: time spent with the patient, medical explanation and genuine concern.