Riverview's Got Your Back

Doc brings a new, minimally invasive back treatment to local hospital.

It seems as though is debuting a new proceedure, state-of-the-art treatment plan, groundbreaking surgery, or never-before-seen cure every time you happen to look around. These week was no exception.

According to a release from the hospital, Riverview is the first hospital in New Jersey to offer a new kind of minimally invasive back surgery called TESSEYS, which has been proven effective throughout the world. The surgery involves endoscopic access and allows surgeons to remove herniated disc tissue through an access tube that's only millimeters wide.

The surgery is part of an outpatient program and does not require a hospital stay in most cases.

The following is the release from the hospital in its entirety, along with a youTube video featuring the doctor who's making it all happen:

"It’s estimated that eight out of 10 people will suffer from back trouble at some point in their lives. Riverview Medical Center, in conjunction with Albert Telfeian M.D., a neurosurgeon affiliated with Riverview and Meridian Neuroscience, is offering patients this groundbreaking new procedure. With the TESSYS method the surgeon removes the herniated portions of the disc using posterior lateral endoscopic access. The surgeon removes the herniated disc tissue through an access tube of mere millimeters. The operation requires only a tiny skin incision about the size of a pea, so that the risk of infection during and after the operation is very small.

“I am thrilled that we have a new option that is so effective in helping my patients with lumbar herniated disks,” says Dr. Telfeian. "My patients that have undergone the TESSYS procedure have noticed dramatic improvements in both pain and function. The ultra-minimally invasive nature of the procedure makes it an ideal therapeutic intervention prior to open spine surgery. In addition, complication rates for the TESSYS procedure are lower and recovery times faster than other surgical procedures for treating herniated disks.”

And no one knows the life altering benefits of TESSYS more than Gertrude Brustowicz of Toms River, NJ. At 75 years old, Gertrude battled lumbar pain for more than a year, making it difficult to even get out of bed in the morning.

“I ignored all the tell-tale signs that something was wrong for months until I was pretty much immobile,” says Brustowicz. “Dr. Telfeian and the staff at Riverview could not have been more accommodating before, during, and after my procedure. The fact that this technology is available right in my backyard was invaluable to me and will help countless others who suffer from this debilitating pain.”

About 10 percent of all herniated discs call for surgery. With the TESSYS method, patients remain awake with no general anesthesia and are treated on an outpatient basis without a hospital stay. In general, patients experience no postoperative muscle pain, no scarring, and most patients are back to work within one or two days.

Dr. Telfeian stands as the only neurosurgeon in New Jersey and the tri-state area performing this procedure. Dr. Telfeian has received world-wide recognition for his work, being cited by his peers, and professional and consumer publications, as one of the best neurosurgeons in the country.  In addition, Dr. Telfeian serves as a trainer, teaching colleagues in the U.S. and Europe how to perform the TESSYS method.

Prior to joining Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists, Dr. Telfeian was an assistant professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania and associate professor of Neurosurgery at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Telfeian has written and lectured extensively on spine and functional-epilepsy surgery. He is one of the first neurosurgeons in the country to perform endoscopic lumbar spine surgery and teaches these minimally invasive techniques here and abroad."


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