Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Many people ask what exactly is minimally invasive spine surgery? In just a few words, it is minimal cutting to avoid significant damages to the muscles surrounding the spine. The benefit to this is that it presents less risk for blood loss, a quicker recovery, less post-operative pain, less soft tissue damage and less chance for surgical complications. Most doctors prefer doing minimally invasive spine surgery if their patients are a candidate for it.
In recent years, there has been advancement in MRI imaging that allows surgeons to see spinal nerves, small disc fragments and bone spurs. It gives them the ability to spread and push muscle out of the way as opposed to cutting through it and allows them to get to the exact place they need to.
There are several different techniques surgeons utilize when doing a minimally invasive spine surgery. Some of them have become so precise that only a 1” incision is necessary. Common procedures such as fusions and decompression can be done in this manner, however, not all patients are candidates for this.
Just like all patients are not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, not all surgeons are trained to do the techniques. It takes special training and skill and the right technology and tools to do these kinds of surgeries.
If you have been advised to have spinal surgery and minimally invasive techniques have not been discussed, contact us for a second opinion. We have several facilities that can offer this kind of surgery and are happy to review your records.