Ground-breaking surgery performed at Littauer
Dr. Jian Shen performs area’s first Endoscopic Cervical Spine Surgery
Gloversville, NY — At approximately 1p.m. Friday, August 5, 2011 Dr. Jian Shen, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex spine care, practicing at Nathan Littauer Hospital, completed the first Endoscopic Cervical Spine Surgery in our area. The patient suffers from a rare spine disease. “The patient reports they already feel a difference from surgery.” said Dr. Shen. The doctor added, “Although it is early in the recovery process, the patient already has improved range of motion”. The patient was released today.
Hospital President and CEO Laurence E. Kelly stated, “San Francisco, Chicago, Texas and now Gloversville, NY!” Mr. Kelly explained, “According to our research only a few academic centers in the United States perform this type of surgery.” Mr. Kelly added, “Obviously we are thrilled for this patient and for others in our region who suffer with spine problems.”
Endoscopic techniques permit smaller incisions, with less muscle damage and less irritation to the nerve root. The resulting loss in muscle strength is also considerably less with endoscopic techniques. “Nationwide there is an increasing demand for minimally invasive, less traumatic techniques. Because of Dr. Shen we can now meet that demand right here in Fulton County.” hospital spokesperson Cheryl McGrattan said. “The patient’s incision was approximately 2 centimeters. The equipment used in this surgery offers the doctor a better view of the spine than traditional techniques.”
The family is grateful to Dr. Shen explaining, “We have waited for Dr. Shen to come here. We are very pleased to be in his care.”
Dr. Shen started practicing at Littauer a few days ago having arrived from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Shen is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in complete spine care. “Surgery is not indicated for every spine problem. Dr. Shen also uses non-surgical techniques to get results” said Ms. McGrattan. After the surgery Dr. Shen concluded, “I cannot say enough good things about Nathan Littauer. From the surgical team to the recovery room staff to the nursing team- they are all top notch.” Mr. Kelly agrees, explaining “I am so proud of our staff at Littauer. They have gladly learned cutting-edge techniques to support Dr. Shen as he makes history in our region.”
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