Minimally invasive spine surgery to treat back pain

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a term for procedures that use muscle-sparing techniques to take a less invasive approach compared to traditional open neck or back surgery.

For many patients, the idea of spine surgery can be overwhelming, especially due to the risks and difficulties involved with highly invasive traditional open back surgery performed in a hospital setting. While risks such as infection and failed back surgery syndrome are not entirely unavoidable, there are alternatives. The minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute offers patients a lower risk of complication and infection, as well as a shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional open back surgery.

The goal of these procedures is to relieve the pain and symptoms caused by nerve compression in the spine. If you are considering back surgery, it is important to make your treatment decision on as informed a basis as possible. The following information can help you have a better understanding of how spinal nerve compression causes symptoms and how minimally invasive back surgery can offer lasting relief.

Understanding nerve compression in the spine

Nerve compression in the spine can be caused by several types of degenerative spine conditions, such as a herniated or bulging disc, bone spurs and spinal stenosis. These conditions, as well as many others, can displace spinal anatomy, causing compression of surrounding spinal nerves.

This nerve compression can lead to the following symptoms:

  • Shooting or burning pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Cramping

When conditions affect the lower (lumbar) spine, symptoms can be felt both locally in the lower back as well as radiating down to hips, buttocks and legs.

Advantages of a minimally invasive approach to back surgery

While patients can often find relief from these symptoms through a course of doctor-recommended conservative treatment, surgery can become an option for some if weeks and months of treatment don’t bring needed relief. Minimally invasive back surgery can help relieve the pressure on a pinched nerve without the disruption of surrounding musculature associated with traditional open back surgery. This is accomplished with a small incision in the neck or back and a focus on removing the minimal amount of spinal anatomy that is causing nerve compression.

Laser Spine Institute

At Laser Spine Institute, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. We offer minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization surgery which are outpatient alternatives to traditional open neck or back procedures. Both of these approaches are used to treat nerve compression caused by degenerative spine conditions.

To find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today and request a no-cost review of your MRI report or CT scan.*