The outcome of spine surgery is dependent on a few major factors: severity of the spine condition, type of surgery performed, patient’s medical history, and how well the patient follows the recovery guidelines.
Perhaps the most influential factor for a positive spine surgery outcome is the type of surgery performed. Often, patients who suffer from chronic neck or back pain have several types of spine surgery available to them. While these surgeries vary in process and location of the spine, they can easily be sorted into two main categories: traditional and minimally invasive.
While traditional open back surgery has been the predominant method of spine surgery over the past several years, medical advancements in the last 10 to 15 years have opened the door for minimally invasive procedures. These minimally invasive surgeries offer patients a less invasive approach to treatment, usually with shorter recovery times^ and little to no required hospitalization.
Lower risk. Higher patient satisfaction score.
Minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute has a proven higher patient satisfaction score and patient recommendation rate than traditional open back surgery. Because of our advanced minimally invasive approach to spine surgery, our patients benefit from a shorter recovery time^ and no required hospitalization, unlike patients who choose traditional surgery and are required to stay several postoperative nights in the hospital.
The difference in these two types of procedures is solely in the approach to surgery. Traditional open back surgery is performed in a hospital and requires several days of hospitalization due to the increased risk of infection, excessive blood loss and other complications. In order for the surgeons to even access the spine to begin surgery, they must cut through and detach the muscles surrounding the spine. This requires a very large incision and results in excessive scar tissue that can sometimes prevent the spine from healing properly.
During the minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute, the surgeons are able to access the spine through a minimal incision of 1 inch without disrupting the surrounding muscles. This minimally invasive approach significantly decreases a patient’s risk of infection and complications, as well as provides a proven shorter recovery time^ compared to patients who complete traditional open back surgery.
Advantages of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive surgery
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer our patients the best in spine care treatment in an environment of care and compassion. Our culture of care extends from the time our patients first contact us searching for a treatment option to well after their surgery is complete through our community support group called Back Pack.
Take a moment to read through some of the advantages of the minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute:
- No lengthy recovery^
- Less than a 1-inch incision
- Minimally invasive outpatient procedure
- Board-certified surgeons+
- Muscle-sparing techniques
For more information about the patient satisfaction score following our minimally invasive procedures, please contact Laser Spine Institute today.