The traumatologist and member of Top Doctors, Dr. Jaume Soler Subirats, coordinates a team of great experts in the Minimally Invasive Surgery Unit. Graduated with honors from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Barcelona, he was part of the team of Dr. Ojeda Gil in the chair of Professor Piulach, Clínica de La Alianza and Perecamps municipal center. For 14 years he has been dedicated to the minimally invasive technique (TMI).
In collaboration with Dr. Ferran Lafuente Rodés, traumatologist and orthopedic surgeon, former head of orthopedic surgery at the Clínica Sagrado Corazón, they are performing TMI on hip, knee, foot, hand and spine prostheses, which shortens the patient’s recovery time and minimizes postoperative pain.
What are the advantages of the surgical techniques?
Surgical techniques improve the quality of life of patients affected by osteoarthritis in different joints. The fitting of hip, knee and shoulder prostheses has been common practice for years.
Nowadays, these prostheses can be performed with new techniques, the so-called “minimally invasive surgical techniques”, which reduce injury to muscles and ligaments, allow early mobilization and reduce postoperative pain.
What areas can be treated by minimally invasive surgery?
The most frequent degenerative lesion of the hands is “rhizarthrosis of the thumb”, which, by affecting the “pincer” movement, impedes, to a great extent, the daily tasks of the affected person.
Currently, trapezium prostheses restore the movements and eliminate the deformities of this bone, eliminating pain in all cases and allowing complete mobilization.
Foot deformities can be solved with percutaneous surgery, which is performed under local anesthesia and punctiform incisions. It is performed on an outpatient basis, thus shortening both the surgical time and the subsequent recovery.
These techniques allow, with the use of special footwear, walking from the first day. Pain is minimal and, consequently, the need for painkillers is negligible.
The percutaneous technique allows us to correct hallux valgus (bunions), hammertoes, metatarsal overload and other unsightly and very painful toe deformities. The correction of calcaneal spurs and plantar fasciitis are also corrected with this technology.
For the treatment of disc herniation, multiple disciplines are combined according to each case: the use of ozone, orthokine (serum prepared with the patient’s own blood that provides an anti-inflammatory effect, pain reduction and cartilage protection), discogel and pulsed radiofrequency as minimally invasive therapy, the alternative to laminectomy and partial disc removal, which allow the hospital stay to be between 4 and 6 hours.
Minimally invasive surgery is the future, if not the present, as it allows more and more pathologies to be solved, always reducing pain and shortening the postoperative period for patients.