What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through a small incision. Often, this type of surgery is possible with the assistance of a small device or camera designed for viewing internal portions of the body. Small surgical instruments are also passed through small incisions, which are later closed with sutures and covered with surgical tape.
And you may be wondering if this type of surgery is appropriate for all patients, and all forms of spinal surgery. Unfortunately, this is not the case. While minimally invasive surgery is rapidly evolving and improving there are still only four main types of minimally invasive spine surgery being performed at The Spine Institute:
Spinal fusion which often is performed on degenerative disks
Microdiscectomy for repair of herniated disks
Kyphoplasty for repair of fractures
Cervical Foraminotomy for cervical disc herniation and stenosis
How is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery different from Open Spine Surgery?
Traditionally, open spine surgery consists of a surgeon making an incision where the surgery is to be completed. The surgeon then pulls apart the muscles to get a good view of the spine. Once that is complete, they repair the herniated disk, repair the fracture or resolve other reasons why the spinal surgery was needed.
Surgeons performing minimally invasive spine surgery can do so in a less invasive way, providing many benefits after surgery for the patient.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery?
Minimally invasive spinal surgery typically allows for the same outcomes as conventional spine surgery. Benefits of minimally invasive back surgery include:
Shorter hospital stay
Reduced pain after surgery
Shorter recovery time and quicker return to daily activities
How will I know if minimally invasive spinal surgery is appropriate for me?
Although online resources can explain minimally invasive spine surgery and give a detailed account of its benefits and shortcomings, every patient is evaluated individually. Your surgeon will discuss the various treatment options available to you.
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