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Revolutionizing Spine Surgery: Dr. Hooman Melamed’s Ultra-Minimally Invasive Biportal Endoscopic Approach

LOS ANGELES, CA / / May 23, 2024 – In a groundbreaking development within the field of spine surgery, Dr. Hooman Melamed has pioneered an ultra-minimally invasive approach that is revolutionizing patient outcomes. As the founder of The Spine Pro and a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Melamed has mastered the art of Biportal Endoscopic Spine Surgery (BESS), an advanced technique that is setting new standards for minimally invasive procedures, and offering a safer, more effective approach.

The BESS Technique: Precision and Panoramic Visualization

Conventional minimally invasive spine surgeries have revolutionized patient recovery times by utilizing small incisions and specialized instruments. However, these procedures often limit the surgeon’s ability to fully visualize and access the surgical area since they typically rely on a single portal or small opening. These limits can make the three-dimensional spinal anatomy appear flat on the surgeon’s viewscreen and therefore create a restricted view and limited maneuverability that can make it challenging to treat certain spinal conditions effectively and lead to incomplete decompression of nerves, increased risk of nerve or spinal cord injury, and potential need for further revision surgeries.

To overcome these limitations, Dr. Melamed has pioneered the Biportal Endoscopic Spine Surgery (BESS) approach, a game-changing technique that redefines minimally invasive spine care. Unlike conventional methods, BESS utilizes two separate portals or openings – one for viewing and one for surgical instruments. This innovative dual-portal system provides Dr. Melamed with a magnified, panoramic view of the surgical site, allowing him to visualize the spine’s intricate anatomy in three dimensions, just as it appears in the body.

By restoring the depth perception and maneuverability lost in single-portal surgeries, BESS empowers Dr. Melamed to treat a wider range of spinal conditions with unprecedented precision and flexibility. For instance, patients suffering from severe spinal stenosis, where the spinal canal becomes dangerously narrowed, can now be treated much more effectively using BESS. With traditional minimally invasive techniques, surgeons are often limited in their ability to fully decompress the stenosis due to the restricted visualization and access. This can lead to incomplete treatment and continued nerve compression. With the panoramic visualization of BESS, Dr. Melamed can precisely decompress the affected areas, removing bone spurs and disc material that may be compressing the nerves or spinal cord.

Similarly, cases of spondylolisthesis, a condition where one vertebra slips out of alignment onto the one below it, are very challenging to address adequately through traditional single-portal minimally invasive surgery. The dual-portal BESS approach allows Dr. Melamed to decompress the pinched nerves comprehensively, all while preserving the spine’s natural stability – something that may not be possible with limited surgical access.

Procedures that were once considered too complex or risky for minimally invasive approaches, such as treating large herniated discs or foraminal stenosis (narrowing of the nerve openings), can now be performed effectively and safely with the BESS technique. This offers patients a superior alternative to open, invasive surgeries, while still maintaining the benefits of smaller incisions, less muscle disruption, and faster recovery times.

“The BESS technique has been revolutionary in saving countless patients from having extensive fusion operations,” stated Dr. Melamed. “By creating a tunnel to remove bone spurs and herniated disc material, we can effectively decompress the nerves without compromising spinal stability.”

Expanding the Frontiers of Ultra-Minimally Invasive Spine Care

The extraordinary capabilities of BESS have empowered Dr. Melamed to treat a wide spectrum of spinal conditions once deemed too complex for minimally invasive approaches. From spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and radiculopathy to herniated discs and degenerative disc disease, BESS offers a minimally invasive solution that preserves spinal stability, avoids fusion surgeries, and facilitates rapid recovery.

Dr. Melamed’s proficiency in BESS has solidified his reputation as a true leader in the realm of ultra-minimally invasive spine surgery. His commitment to continuous learning and professional growth has led him to seek out and train with master surgeons from around the globe, ensuring his patients receive the most advanced and effective treatments available.

Patient Testimonials on BESS

In addition to his pioneering surgical techniques, Dr. Melamed’s expertise in BESS has transformed the lives of countless patients who had exhausted other treatment options. One such patient, a middle-aged man who had undergone two failed back surgeries, found lasting relief through Dr. Melamed’s biportal endoscopic approach.

Despite previous attempts at treatment, including a lumbar artificial disc replacement and central midline decompression, the patient’s nerve root at the L5 vertebrae remained pinched by bony overgrowth, causing persistent pain and discomfort. Traditional surgical approaches from inside the foramen (the opening where the nerve exits) had proven ineffective, leaving the patient with little hope for resolution.

That’s when Dr. Melamed’s mastery of the BESS technique provided a solution. Utilizing the dual-portal system, he was able to approach the affected area from the outside, gaining unobstructed access to meticulously decompress the nerve root using specialized instruments. The procedure, captured in a remarkable video, showcases Dr. Melamed’s skill and precision as he navigates the intricate spinal anatomy, ultimately providing the patient with the relief they had long sought.

“Dr. Melamed’s innovative BESS approach was a game-changer for me,” recalled the patient. “After two failed surgeries, I had almost given up hope of finding a solution to my debilitating back pain. Thanks to his expertise and the incredible visualization afforded by BESS, I can finally live my life without constant discomfort.”

Click here to watch a YouTube video of the Biportal Endoscopic Surgery On Lumbar Spine

Pioneering a Holistic Approach to Patient Care

Beyond his surgical prowess, Dr. Melamed is redefining patient care through a comprehensive, holistic approach that considers every factor impacting an individual’s healing and recovery. This patient-centric philosophy, combined with his commitment to narcotic-free approach, underscores his dedication to delivering exceptional, personalized care.

“We believe in treating the entire patient, not just their spine,” explained Dr. Melamed. “By addressing all aspects of their well-being, we can optimize their journey to recovery and improve their overall quality of life.”

Embracing Innovation with Cutting-Edge Technology

In line with his commitment to advancing patient care, Dr. Melamed has embraced the power of technology to enhance the patient experience. The Spine Pro has partnered with DAS Consultants, the leading digital marketing firm in the medical industry, to offer an AI Chat service on their website. This state-of-the-art tool provides patients with a 24/7 concierge service, answering questions on Dr. Melamed’s unique surgical approaches and offering a white-glove level of support throughout the patient’s journey.

As a highly regarded expert in his field, Dr. Melamed has been named a top doctor by prestigious organizations such as Super Doctors and Castle Connolly multiple years in a row. His expertise has also been sought after by national media outlets, including Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Fox News, and local TV programs.

For those seeking the pinnacle of ultra-minimally invasive spine care, Dr. Hooman Melamed and The Spine Pro are at the forefront of innovation, offering unparalleled expertise and a patient-centric approach that is reshaping the landscape of spinal care. To experience the future of spine surgery, call 424-21-SPINE or visit The Spine Pro’s website and take the first step towards reclaiming your life.

About The Spine Pro:

The Spine Pro, founded in 2005 by Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, is a leading provider of cutting-edge, minimally invasive spinal treatments and scoliosis surgery in Los Angeles. With a focus on patient-centered care and a commitment to continuous innovation, The Spine Pro offers a comprehensive range of services, from non-surgical regenerative therapies to advanced surgical interventions like artificial disc replacement and ultra minimally invasive spine surgery.

For more information, please visit thespinepro.com.