Riverview Medical Center is the First Hospital in New Jersey to Offer Patients Groundbreaking Back Pain Procedure

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Riverview Medical Center is the First Hospital in New Jersey to Offer Patients Groundbreaking Back Pain Procedure

Riverview Medical Center, part of Meridian Neuroscience, today announced it is the only hospital in the state of New Jersey to offer patients the TESSYSR surgery method, a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of herniated discs.

It's estimated that eight out of 10 people will suffer from back trouble at some point in their lives. Riverview Medical Center, in conjunction with Albert Telfeian M.D., a neurosurgeon affiliated with Riverview and Meridian Neuroscience, is offering patients this groundbreaking new procedure. With the TESSYS method the surgeon removes the herniated portions of the disc using posterior lateral endoscopic access. The surgeon removes the herniated disc tissue through an access tube of mere millimeters. The operation requires only a tiny skin incision about the size of a pea, so that the risk of infection during and after the operation is very small.

"I am thrilled that we have a new option that is so effective in helping my patients with lumbar herniated disks," says Dr. Telfeian. "My patients that have undergone the TESSYS procedure have noticed dramatic improvements in both pain and function. The ultra-minimally invasive nature of the procedure makes it an ideal therapeutic intervention prior to open spine surgery. In addition, complication rates for the TESSYS procedure are lower and recovery times faster than other surgical procedures for treating herniated disks."

And no one knows the life altering benefits of TESSYS more than Gertrude Brustowicz of Toms River, NJ. At 75 years old, Gertrude battled lumbar pain for more than a year, making it difficult to even get out of bed in the morning.

"I ignored all the tell-tale signs that something was wrong for months until I was pretty much immobile," says Brustowicz. "Dr. Telfeian and the staff at Riverview could not have been more accommodating before, during, and after my procedure. The fact that this technology is available right in my backyard was invaluable to me and will help countless others who suffer from this debilitating pain."

About 10 % of all herniated discs call for surgery. With the TESSYS method, patients remain awake with no general anesthesia and are treated on an outpatient basis without a hospital stay. In general, patients experience no postoperative muscle pain, no scarring, and most patients are back to work within one or two days.

Dr. Telfeian stands as the only neurosurgeon in New Jersey and the tri-state area performing this procedure. Dr. Telfeian has received world-wide recognition for his work, being cited by his peers, and professional and consumer publications, as one of the best neurosurgeons in the country. In addition, Dr. Telfeian serves as a trainer, teaching colleagues in the U.S. and Europe how to perform the TESSYS method.

Prior to joining Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists, Dr. Telfeian was an assistant professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania and associate professor of Neurosurgery at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Telfeian has written and lectured extensively on spine and functional-epilepsy surgery. He is one of the first neurosurgeons in the country to perform endoscopic lumbar spine surgery and teaches these minimally invasive techniques here and abroad.

For more information regarding the TESSYS procedure or to make an appointment with Dr. Telfeian call (732) 455-8225. To watch a video of Dr. Telfeian explaining the procedure go to the Meridian Health YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/s-Tg5m0IWg4.

About Riverview Medical Center
Riverview Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health Family, is a 463-bed not-for-profit community hospital located on the Navesink River in Red Bank, New Jersey. Riverview Medical Center provides health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines including: maternity, oncology, orthopedics and rehabilitation, neurology, thoracic and vascular surgery, cardiology, renal dialysis, diabetes management, and emergency and critical care services. Riverview's Jane H. and John Marshall Booker Cancer Center offers comprehensive cancer services close to home, while Riverview's Jane H. Booker Women and Children's Center combines expertise and convenience to address preventative health, diagnosis, treatment, and support for women of all ages. Riverview Rehabilitation Center is Monmouth County's only fully-accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility, and Riverview is a designated Primary Stroke Center and has also maintained prestigious Magnet designation for Nursing Excellence since 1998. Riverview is the only hospital in the region with the groundbreaking CyberKnifeR system, offering new hope for patients with inaccessible or inoperable tumors. For more information about Riverview Medical Center and Meridian Health, please call 1-800-DOCTORS or visit www.riverviewmedicalcenter.com.