Are you one of the four out of five people who have experienced back pain at some point in their life*? Back and spine injuries are the most common musculoskeletal problems, which can reduce quality of life, diminish work capacity and restrict activity.
The spine is a complex structure of vertebra, disks, spinal cord and nerves. Proper functioning of this core system is critical to many activities of daily living. Actions such as turning, bending, standing and lifting cannot be easily accomplished when you are experiencing pain in this area.
BMC orthopedic spine surgeons Drs. Tony Tannoury and Chadi Tannoury are fellowship-trained and board-certified, with experience in all adult spine, back and neck conditions. Dr. Tony Tannoury has pioneered innovative surgical methods and designed some of the most advanced orthopedic surgical instruments used by surgeons worldwide.
*American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Exceptional patient care is our number one priority, with a particular focus on accurate diagnosis and providing the most appropriate surgical or nonsurgical treatment. From diagnosis to the development of a treatment plan to postoperative care, we balance the advantages of cutting-edge technology, such as disk replacement and minimally invasive techniques, with more well-known, standard open procedures to develop a treatment plan that is specifically tailored to each individual patient.
While BMC performs open surgeries, it is internationally known for its pioneering work in minimally invasive techniques, over time expanding the breadth of spine conditions that can be addressed with this approach. Today, the extensive experience of our surgeons enables them to undertake a full range of spine disorders, including many complex procedures―such as revisions, multiple-level disease, fusions, compressions and deformities―using minimally invasive techniques.
As a result, more and more patients are able to experience the benefits of minimally invasive surgery. A targeted, more flexible approach that does less “damage” to nearby tissue than open surgery, minimally invasive surgery is safer and more accurate. Patients typically experience less pain and fewer complications, and have shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery, without compromising long-term results.
Because of the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, patients who might otherwise be unable to undergo spine surgery―such as elderly, fragile, obese or cancer patients or those with weakened immune systems―now have options, and may benefit from minimally invasive procedures and a lower risk of infection or blood loss.
Boston Medical Center has been named a Blue Distinction Center® in orthopedic spine surgery by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The award is given to medical facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivery quality health care.
Blue Distinction Centers for spine surgery are awarded to medical facilities exhibiting a commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients. These facilities offer experienced, comprehensive inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures. Research confirms that hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for spine surgery have fewer patients with complications and fewer hospital readmissions than non-designated hospitals.
Deciding where to have spine surgery can be a big decision, but for these patients, choosing BMC for their procedure was the right move.