Presentation

Presentation

The Spine Center at the Hospital da Luz Lisboa is a pioneer in Portugal in the use of a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of spine diseases.

 

The Spine Center has excellent physical and technological resources, as well as a team of medical professionals possessing renowned skill and experience. Patients are evaluated and treated by a multidisciplinary team committed to find the best solution for patient, with the goal always being to improve their quality of life.

Spine problems are one of the most frequent causes of work absenteeism in younger adults. It is also responsible for a vast majority of deteriorating quality of life in older adults. The demands of everyday life and the loss of healthy life habits are among the principal causes for the increase in spinal diseases in addition to producing very high socio-economic costs.

In the last decades, the diagnosis and treatment of spine pathology experienced a remarkable evolution. New diagnostic methods, namely in magnetic resonance imaging, allowed for precise define many pathologies with precision, as well as their relation to spine structures. In addition, the use of percutaneous spinal procedures opened a window of opportunities for diagnosis and treatment options, contributing to the ability to rigorously define the responsible spine structure for the symptomatology and, in many cases, allowing for temporary or permanent pain relief.

Surgical treatment for spinal problems is presently a common solution, the result of a better understanding of pathological entities and the use of safe surgical techniques. Its generalized utilization has contributed to the better understanding of surgery’s results and limitations, allowing the surgeon to select candidates for surgical treatment more accurately. It is equally important that the surgeon who investigates spine pathology also masters various alternative surgical techniques and resist the use of implants or procedures with unproven results.

In recent years, many healthcare facilities developed multidisciplinary centers for spine pathology, involving health professionals from numerous areas of medicine such as General and Family Medicine, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Interventional Neuro-radiology and Psychology.

The Spine Center at the Hospital da Luz Lisboa offers patients an integrated approach to evaluation, identification of their spine problems, resolution, and the implementation of strategies to change life habits in order to help prevent the resurgence of those problems.

Coordination of Spine Center:

Dr. Álvaro Lima