FAQ : SURGERIES - GENERAL
Where can the surgery be performed?
You can get the surgery done publicly in Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, or privately in Herzliya Medical Center, Herzliya Pituach.
Can we get the surgery done through the HMOs' completing insurances?
I'm a consultant for HMOs Meuhedet and Leumit and through the completing insurances of those HMOs you can have the surgery done privately in Herzliya Medical Center. People insured by HMOs Maccabi and Clalit can have the surgery done through Hillel Yaffe Medical Center.
Can we get the surgery done through our private insurance?
Yes, you can get the surgery privately through all old private insurances (the private insurances before The Omnibus Law of Arrangements, July 2016). Also through all the policies of insurance company Ayalon.
How long does the average surgery take?
It's hard to say for sure since every surgery and patient are uniquely complex. But when it comes to the more common surgeries (spinal disc herniation, spinal stenosis without fusion) one height takes about a hour and a half and every additional height takes another hour. For example spinal stenosis in height L4-5 will require a hour and a half long surgery, spinal stenosis in height L3-4 L4-5 will take two and a half hours, spinal disc herniation in height L4-5 will take an hour and a half. Fusions usually take extra time and a larger surgical exposure.
How long will we be hospitalized?
In an average surgery hospitalization lasts 24 hours. A patient is released home only after he can take care of his everyday need by himself with no help and after he can move around fully by himself including going up and down the stairs.
Is there any need to stay in bed after the surgery?
No there is no need to stay in bed after the surgery, I encourage getting out of bed and walking right in the day of the surgery or the next day at the latest.
Is there any need for a special mattress/chair after the surgery?
There is no need to acquire anything special after a back surgery.
When will I be able to get back to my usual activities?
Walking, going up and down the stairs- right after the surgery. Swimming- after a good fusing of the injury about two weeks after the surgery. Sports- three weeks to a month and a half in a surgery without fusion. For surgeries with fusion three months to half a year (depends on the patient's bone-fusing quality).
Is there any need for a check-up with the surgeon after the surgery?
Yes you would need at least one check up. It depends on the type of surgery, first check up should be three to six weeks after the surgery.
Where did you acquire your surgical expertise?
I did my residency in orthopedy and traums at Soarsky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital). I stayed as a senior doctor in the Soarsky Hospital back unit for another year. I did a unique sub-internship for two years in complex back surgeries in the hospital Queen's Medical Center which is located in Nottingham England. The center is considered one of the largest in Europe for back surgeries. I stayed there as a senior doctor for another year. Since 2015 I'm the head of the back surgery unit in Hillel Yaffe Medical Center.
How many back surgeries have you performed until today?
I don't have an exact number, but I have performed thousands of surgeries.
What types of surgeries do you perform?
I perform all the spine surgeries in the neck back and pelvis in an endoscopic method, minimally invasive and open.
Decompression of Spinal Stenosis
All spinal fusions
Vertebral Augmentation (Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty)
Vertebrectomy / Corpectomy
Total Disc Replacement
Sagittal Balance Correction – Adult Deformity Surgery
Scoliosis Correction – Children/Adolescence Deformity Correction
Procedures for Pain Reduction
Are the surgeries performed in a minimally invasive method?
Yes, most of the surgeries are performed in a minimally invasive method.
What is required to perform a minimally invasive surgery?
The surgery is performed by using a special microscope for spine surgeries. The microscope's magnification and better lighting allow me to perform the surgery through small cuts in the skin and so increase significantly the safety of the surgery. Also I use special soft tissue expanders.
What are the advantages of a minimally invasive surgery?
A quicker return to everyday rutine, less soft tissue damage, less post surgery scarring, less poat surgery pain, less hospitalization time, less blood loss.