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Ingalls Same Day Surgery in Tinley Park has announced it now offers two spine procedures — microdiscectomy and laminectomy — as an outpatient service. 

The first procedures were performed in December following the recent addition of renowned spine surgeons Anthony Rinella, M.D., and Kris Siemionow, M.D., to the Ingalls Same Day Surgery medical staff, according to a news release from Ingalls.

Patients can now have spine surgery, recover and go home on the very same day.

Discectomy is surgery to remove lower back herniated disc material that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord. It’s often done using a microscope to the view the disc and nerves, thus its name, microdiscectomy.

Laminectomy is one of the most common procedures performed in patients over the age of 50, according to Ingalls officials. It’s used to treat spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spaces in the spine or backbone, which causes pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. In most cases, the spinal narrowing compresses the nerve root, leading to pain along the back of the leg.

“Spine surgeries have been done on an outpatient basis for some time and have been approved by Medicare to be performed in an Ambulatory Surgery Center setting,” said Tom Murphy, administrator of Ingalls Same Day Surgery. “We’re pleased to welcome Drs. Rinella and Siemionow to our medical staff and broaden our scope of services to include certain types of spinal surgery.”

A pioneer in ambulatory surgery, or surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay, Ingalls officials said. Ingalls Same Day Surgery was the first of its kind when it opened in 1985. 

In most cases, patients arrive 45 minutes before their procedure, and because there are fewer variables, surgeries run on time.

Future plans at Ingalls SDS include additional procedures such as laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) and hysterectomy, and cervical (neck) spine procedures.

For a complete list of procedures performed at Ingalls Same Day Surgery, visit www.ingallssameday.com.

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