What is outpatient back surgery?

Outpatient back surgery is any spine procedure that allows patients to return home on the same day as the operation is performed. This type of surgery is often performed with minimally invasive techniques that lower the risk of infection and complication, when compared to traditional open back surgery.

Unlike traditional open back surgery, which requires several nights of hospitalization after the surgery, outpatient surgery is usually quicker, easier and more cost effective. In fact, the majority of surgical procedures completed today are outpatient operations.

Commonly referred to as “ambulatory surgery” or “same-day surgery,” outpatient back surgery has grown popular as a result of advances in modern medicine. This has led to the growth and popularity of minimally invasive procedures, which can often treat the same conditions as traditional open back surgery, without the extended recovery time* and expense involved in major operations. Outpatient procedures also require smaller incisions, which, in turn, reduce muscle trauma and create a smaller chance of excessive scar tissue.

Advantages of outpatient back surgery

While traditional open back surgery does serve its purpose for some conditions, most spine conditions can be treated with a safer and effective minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute.

Take a moment to review some of the advantages of minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute:

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Less than a 1-inch incision
  • Minimally invasive outpatient procedure
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • Muscle-sparing techniques

Our minimally invasive decompression surgery is offered for patients with moderate nerve compression, while our minimally invasive stabilization (alternative to traditional fusion) surgery helps patients with more severe spine damage.

Both types of minimally invasive procedures are performed through small incisions that avoid the disruption of the surrounding muscles — a benefit not available with traditional open back surgery. Because of the minimally invasive techniques used in our surgery, our patients are able to avoid hospitalization and complete the entire patient experience at one of our world-class surgery centers.

As you continue to research the options of back surgery available to you, please contact our team at Laser Spine Institute for more information about the minimally invasive procedures we offer and the advantages over traditional open back surgery. For more information, contact Laser Spine Institute today.