Advanced surgery kills man's chronic lower back pain
A surgeon at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery in Dubai performed the the complicated surgery OLIF (oblique lateral interbody fusion) on a 60-year-old patient with chronic lower back pain and related symptoms, including radiating pain and numbness in his feet.Dr Firas Husban, consultant orthopedic surgeon, said: "The patient showed symptoms resulting from chronic lower back pain for almost a decade.

"Considering the patient had two back surgeries in the past without much success, we recommended more targeted procedures: a minimal invasive spinal fusion DLIF (direct lateral interbody fusion) to treat issues with the L3L4 and L4L5 vertebrae, and OLIF for the L5S1 area," he explained.

He added: "The surgery was done through a small cut in the lateral region (on the side) of the abdomen. We had to access the area behind the major organs and blood vessels in the region, reaching the affected discs from the anterior. The intervertebral discs were then removed, followed by the placement of a synthetic spacer cage and bone grafts. These promote bone healing and facilitate fusion."