Minimal invasive spine surgery is a type of procedure used to treat conditions in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar regions of the spine without making large incisions. This is sometimes achieved through the use of an endoscope to access the site. Small surgical tools, including a light and a video camera are fed through a tube and used to treat the affected area of the spine.
In addition to minimally invasive surgery, invasive surgery and non-invasive methods can be used to treat neck and back conditions. Invasive surgeries are also known as “open spine surgeries” and often require large incisions and hospitalization. These procedures can result in extensive recovery time, as well as increased risk of infection and scarring. A minimally invasive spine surgery, however, utilizes a small incision, so the risk of infection, scarring and other complications are greatly reduced.
The following are some characteristics of minimally invasive spine surgery:
- Small incision: small instruments are inserted through a small incision in the skin
- Muscle preservation: enables surgery to be performed without trauma to the muscles, like cutting or tearing
- Decreased recovery time: smaller incisions and decreased muscle/ligament trauma allow for shorter necessary recovery periods
Conditions of the spine that may prompt you to consider minimally invasive spine surgery include degenerative disc disease, bone spurs, herniated disc, bulging disc, ligament hypertrophy and spinal foraminal stenosis, all of which cause nerve root compression. Surgery is aimed at relieving stress on the nerves.
If you experience any of the above conditions and are considering minimally invasive cervical spine surgery or lumbar spine surgery, the orthopedic experts at Laser Spine Institute are ready to talk to you about our state-of-the-art procedures that have helped tens of thousands of people find relief from neck and back pain. For more information, or for a free review of your MRI or CT scan, contact us today. Remember, the pain of a spine condition does not have to be a fixture in your life.