Dr.Emmanuel is a well known surgeon in Greece. He is a Spinal Surgeon and an Orthopedic Surgeon . He graduated from the School of Medicine of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. He finished his medical residency from the Fifth Orthopedic Clinic - the Scoliosis and Spine Unit.He was associated with the KAT hospital in Greece. He was the Coordinating Director of the Scoliosis and Spine Department, KAT Hospital after holding other posts in the same department.Currently he is the director of the Spine Clinic, the Center for Spinal Scoliosis, Trauma and Oncology, Metropolitan General.
Dr.Emmanuel is a surgeon with vast experience and skills. He is actively involved in organizing and participating conferences and has attended nearly 130 conferences in Greece and abroad. He has been actively involved in research and has a large number of publications to his credit. Some of his research articles include “Research on Scoliosis and Other Spinal Malformations. Prompt Diagnosis, Prevention, Treatment. Statistical Study; Somatometric, Radiological, Experimental and Socio-Economic Study”,”Design, Construction and Application of a New Scoliosis Brace”,Research and Experimental Project with the Introduction of Corrective Intervertebral Disc Stabilizing Spacers. He is passionate about teaching and has been involved in nearly 125 speech and educational activities. He is also member of many organizations including the Hellenic Society of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology (EEXOT) , Pan-Hellenic Medical Association (PIS), EFORT: European Federation of National Association of Orthopedics and Traumatology. He is the founding member of EEXOT Spinal Disease Department , EEXOT Bone Tumor Department ,Spinal Disease Society.
The spinal cord is a linear arrangement of many small bones known as vertebrae. These vertebrae consist of spaces between them known as intervertebral spaces. They are filled with cartilaginous structures that provide a cushioning effect to the vertebrae and support the movement of the spine. These cartilaginous structures are called Intervertebral discs.
Any pathology of the intervertebral discs such as disc herniation (slipping of the disc from between the vertebrae), ruptured disc, or degenerative disc disease may cause severe back pain due to nerve impingement, indicating the need for either partial or total disc replacement. In partial disc replacement surgery, only a portion of the cartilaginous disc is replaced by the artificial disc, while the total disc is replaced in the total disc replacement surgery.
Cervical disc degeneration and disc rupture may cause chronic neck pain radiating towards the arm. Thoracic disc degeneration may cause chronic upper/ mid back pain while lumbar disc degeneration may cause chronic lower back pain.
Laminectomy is also known as decompression surgery. In this surgical procedure, a part of the vertebral bone called lamina is removed to create additional space. The lamina is the back part of the vertebrae that covers the spinal canal. Removing the lamina enlarges the spinal canal and thus, helps relieve pressure on the nerves and the spinal cord. Bony growths, especially in people with spinal arthritis, may put an additional pressure on the spinal cord. It may cause severe back pain and in some severe cases, can even cause paralysis. Narrowing of the space between the vertebrae is also known as spinal stenosis.
Laminectomy surgery, which is a form of spinal stenosis treatment, helps relieve pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves by creating a room between the vertebrae and the cord. When the pressure on the spinal cord in the case of lumbar spinal stenosis is relieved by creating a space between the lumbar vertebrae, the procedure is known as lumbar laminectomy. During a lumbar laminectomy, the surgeon may even remove the ligaments or bone spurs pressing the spinal cord.
Microdiscectomy is also known as microdecompression or cervical microdiscectomy. It is one of the most commonly performed spine surgery procedures.
Microdiscectomy or cervical microdiscectomy is preferred for patients with a lumbar herniated disc. The main goal of a discectomy is to relieve the pressure on a spinal nerve root by removing the material causing the pain. Traditionally, this purpose was solved by an open technique called lumbar discectomy surgery, which involves making a large incision to cut some of the back muscles, leading to a slow and painful recovery. Nowadays, an advanced form of surgery called microdiscectomy can achieve the same goal that too with the help of a small incision and fewer injury to back muscles. As a result, the recovery takes less time and is less painful. A special microscope is used in microdiscectomy to view the disc and nerves. The larger view allows the surgeon to make a smaller incision, causing less damage to the surrounding tissues.
Sciatica is a condition caused by compression of the spinal nerve, which generally results in chronic pain in the legs of the patients. This compression of the spinal nerve is frequently the result of a herniated lumbar disc. As a herniagrows, the damaged tissue extends into the spinal column and pushes on the nerves. This condition causes the nerves to send pain signals to the brain and the brain interprets the pain source to be coming from the legs.
Most commonly, sciatica heals naturally or with the help of medication in a few weeks. But, if sciatica lasts more than 12 weeks after taking oral medicines, patients may benefit from discectomy. Discectomy is also used for the treatment of spondylosis and lumbar spinal stenosis. While spondylosis occurs due to degenerative osteoarthritis of the vertebrae, lumbar spinal stenosis occurs due to narrowing of the spinal canal leading to nerve compression. The latter may also warrant the need for a spinal stenosis surgery.
Spinal fusion surgery is a type of a spinal procedure used to join two or more bones permanently in the spine and to prevent movement between them. The bones that are joined are called as vertebrae. Spinal fusion surgery is performed along with other surgical procedures such as foraminotomy or laminectomy and after diskectomy in the neck. It is required if the patient has an injury or a fracture of the vertebrae. The spine will become weak due to an infection or tumors. Spinal fusion is also performed in abnormal curvatures that result from scoliosis or kyphosis.
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Dr. Tsafantakis Emmanuel
He has over 25 years of experience as an orthopedic surgeon in Greece.
His primary treatments and surgeries are spinal surgeries, scoliosis and also treats bone tumours.
Yes, Dr.Emmanuel provides online consultation through MediGence.
He is member of organizations such as the Hellenic Society of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology (EEXOT) , Pan-Hellenic Medical Association (PIS), EFORT: European Federation of National Association of Orthopedics and Traumatology. He is the founding member of EEXOT Spinal Disease Department , EEXOT Bone Tumor Department ,Spinal Disease Society
In case of treatment related to spinal deformities, bone tumors and scoliosis it is best to consult a orthopedic surgeon such as Dr.Emmanuel
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