Rice Lake • Hudson • Amery • Hayward
  The IPSW Advanced Spinal Treatment Program
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Every year, millions of Americans suffer from debilitating pain caused by spinal conditions. And unfortunately, far too many spend years undergoing numerous treatments—often including major surgery—without finding relief.

Our program focus is to accurately identify and effectively treat the source of your painful condition using minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Brendel uses these innovative treatments to put a stop to your pain and help you reclaim your active life—without the need for major spinal surgery.

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Conditions we commonly treat
  Discogenic pain - Pain arising from the discs themselves. Pain from pinched, irritated or injured nerve roots
  Facet joint syndrome - Pain from arthritis of the joints that hold the spine in alignment
  Spinal stenosis - Pain from compression of the nerves within the spine
  Post-surgical failed back syndrome - When an individual who has undergone back surgery continues to experience severe pain after the body has healed

Our advantage is our full range of minimally invasive spinal treatments

Dr. Brendel offers patients unsurpassed expertise in a wide array of advanced spinal therapies. They include:

Epidural Steroid Injections
These are highly effective for patients who suffer from an irritated and/or inflamed nerve in a particular section of the back or neck. Using state-of-the art fluoroscopic x-ray guidance, Dr. Brendel carefully injects a long-acting steroid formulation into the exact location that is causing the pain. With this non-invasive, non-surgical technique, patients may experience significant relief often in a few days with virtually no time off work.

Intradiscal procedures
These treatments are designed to repair damaged spinal discs, thereby providing significant relief for even severe and chronic pain. The two types of intradiscal procedures Dr. Brendel performs are:
• Percutaneous Discectomy -- This procedure is extremely effective for patients who have a bulging disc that is affecting a nerve root and causing severe pain. Using advanced fluoroscopic x-ray guidance, Dr. Brendel inserts a very small instrument under the skin and gently removes the bulging portion of the spinal disc. This minimally invasive outpatient procedure takes under 1 hour. You will often enjoy dramatic pain relief and return to your normal activities in a couple of days.
• Percutaneous Disc Decompression Catheter -- This procedure is effective for patients who have a bulging disc in a location that can’t be reached with percutaneous discectomy. Dr. Brendel uses a small catheter inserted under fluoroscopic x-ray guidance, which generates radio waves and virtually “shrinks” the disc wall to bring it away from the nerve root. The result of this minimally invasive procedure is significant, lasting pain relief.

If you have undergone several spinal surgeries, and still suffer from severe, chronic pain, Neuromodulation may provide you with essential relief. Dr. Brendel performs a brief procedure to implant electrodes under the skin and behind the spinal cord. A battery-operated pulse generator sends energy to these electrodes that essentially blocks the pain signal coming from the damaged disc or surgical site and sends new signals that the brain identifies as pleasurable. By essentially fooling the spinal cord, this innovative method can often eliminate the need for further spinal surgery and the pain and lengthy recovery time it requires.

Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
If a particular joint in your back is causing your pain, Dr. Brendel can use this procedure to disrupt the nerve associated with that joint and virtually eliminate your pain. This minimally invasive technique takes just an hour to perform, and effectively numbs the nerve for 1-2 years. When patients combine this with a successful strengthening and rehabilitation program, it could prevent them from needing this procedure again.

This treatment is a breakthrough for patients who have osteoporosis and have suffered a debilitating vertebral compression fracture in the spine. Under fluoroscopic x-ray guidance using local anesthesia, Dr. Brendel injects a small amount of acrylic bone cement inside the vertebrae to stabilize the damaged area. Once this cement hardens (in about an hour and a half), patients experience dramatic and permanent pain relief and can resume their normal daily activities within a few days.