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New endoscopic spinal surgery promises shorter recovery time

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A groundbreaking spinal surgery that is minimally invasive and comes with a faster recovery period is now being performed at Nathan Littauer Hospital. Dr. Jian Shen, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in complex spine care, completed the first endoscopic cervical spine surgery in the area at the hospital Friday. The technique causes less muscle damage and less irritation than the typical cervical spine surgery. “It’s basically a decompressing procedure,” said Shen, who explained that the ...

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