Patient Education

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Patients and their families can keep up-to-date with helpful information including announcements of new surgery techniques and innovative technologies. Here you will find articles from when our Surgeons, Doctors, Hospitals and Patients have been in the news.

We also include Patient Education articles, where we tackle topics of discussion including important questions always asked by our patients. You are welcome to contact us if there is an important topic or question you would like to see our specialists explain in this section.

How to Manage Pain while Awaiting Elective Surgery

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken everyone by surprise and turned lives upside down. Modern healthcare systems around the world have restricted elective surgeries, and relative to our patients, governments have introduced international travel restrictions to help protect their populations. Many of those reading this are awaiting elective spine surgery and need motivation to manage pain […]
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Why do Patients Consider Spine Surgery Overseas?

If conservative treatments such as physiotherapy and exercise have failed and quality of life is declining, we have identified 3 MAIN REASONS why spine patients consider travelling overseas for treatment and surgery. 1. Waiting Times Patients can become stuck waiting to see their local surgeon for a consultation, and then waiting for an opening to […]
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Why do Spine Surgeons Recommend Different Surgeries?

If you suffer from back pain and have exhausted 6+ months of conservative therapies, such as physiotherapy, chiropractic adjustments, medications and injections, then the next step may be to speak with a spine surgeon.
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What is a Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)?

A Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is a surgical technique that corrects a variety spinal conditions such as disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis. The purpose of the procedure is to stabilize the vertebra to prevent dangerous movement between the bones. When the discs or pads between the vertebra are bulging or deteriorating, back […]
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How to Share Your Medical Images Online (Step by Step Guide)

Learning how to quickly and efficiently share your spine images online can help you to receive multiple opinions from overseas specialists without delay. As a pioneering Medical Travel organisation, Spine Connection provides access to faster, more affordable and superior spine treatment overseas. In order to provide multiple medical opinions from our trusted specialists in Thailand […]
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Understanding Oblique Lateral Interbody Fusion (OLIF) Surgery

Patients requiring surgery may choose a motion-preserving surgery (if available to them) or they may require a fusion surgery. This article discusses and compares various fusion techniques, including Oblique Lateral Interbody Fusion (OLIF) surgery. What is an OLIF? An OLIF is a surgical technique for spinal problems that minimizes cutting to muscles and uses a […]
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Dynamic Stabilization System (DSS) Creates Flexible Stability for Spine Patients

The lower back can be exposed to great force and pressure from normal daily tasks, and it’s common to see the Lumbar spine become painful and symptomatic over time. This can be caused by the natural ageing process, or by unexpected injury. If a patient cannot manage their symptoms with conservative treatments like physiotherapy and […]
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A Helpful Guide to Sacroiliac Joint Fusion for Pain and Dysfunction

The key symptom of sacroiliac joint (SIJ) dysfunction is pain. The sacrum is the tailbone and it connects to the ileum, one of the bones of the pelvis, by ligaments and tendons. Most reports describe patients have pain in one or both buttocks near, or on the posterior superior iliac spine (PSIS). However, pain radiating […]
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