Archive | February 2015

An Introduction to Percutaneous Hydrodiscectomy

A skilled pain interventionist and anesthesiologist, Dr. Brian Klagges has served patients at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire, for nearly a decade. Dr. Brian Klagges had the honor of becoming the first medical professional in New Hampshire to perform a percutaneous hydrodiscectomy. A minimally invasive procedure, it involves the use of a high-speed stream of water to remove herniated disc tissue. The procedure relieves the nerve pressure caused by a herniated disc and provides relief from associated back and leg pain.

Practitioners perform the procedure with guidance from a fluoroscope, which provides a live X-ray image of the patient’s spine. This imaging allows doctors to avoid making a large incision. It takes only about 20 to 30 minutes to complete the procedure. Generally, patients need only local anesthetic and can return to their daily lives quickly. Doctors typically perform percutaneous hydrodiscectomy on an outpatient basis.

This procedure involves significantly less pain than traditional treatment options for herniated discs. In addition, it does not cause trauma to back muscles and surrounding tissue.

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ANESTHESIOLOGY 2014 to Be Held in New Orleans

Accomplished anesthesiologist Dr. Brian Klagges serves as the director of interventional pain management and the director of the Interventional Spine Center at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. An involved professional, Dr. Brian Klagges maintains memberships in several medical organizations, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Registration is now open for the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ ANESTHESIOLOGY 2014 annual meeting, which will be held October 11 to 15 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Attendees at the five-day event will have the opportunity to hear from experts in the field and to earn up to 44 continuing medical education credits through a range of educational sessions covering topics critical to today’s anesthesiologist.

Outside of the educational programming, ANESTHESIOLOGY 2014 will provide attendees a number of networking opportunities, including a welcome reception and the 5th annual Hope For The Warriors 5K Run/Walk, which supports wounded warriors and their families. This year’s event will also feature a connection center, where individuals can meet with other physicians and explore the latest research and technology related to anesthesiology.