Minimally invasive computer assisted spine surgery
Computer-assisted spine surgery has become an increasingly popular option in recent years because of advances in computer and laser technology. Ultimately, the advantages of computer-assisted spine surgery are twofold — it offers better magnification and increased spatial awareness. Through the use of the computer technology described in the following article, surgery is quicker and more precise than ever before and patient recovery time is greatly decreased.^
Traditional open back surgery vs. minimally invasive spine surgery
Unlike traditional open back surgery, which requires hospitalization, large incisions and muscle disruption, computer-assisted spine surgery is minimally invasive and is typically an outpatient procedure. Computer-assisted procedures can be done by inserting a tube, tiny camera and the surgeon’s instruments through a small incision in the neck or back. The camera’s images are then magnified and relayed on a computer screen in the operating room in real time, allowing the surgeon to get an unparalleled view of the target and a level of accuracy that could never be matched with a scalpel and the naked eye.
Benefits of computer-assisted spine surgery
Computer assisted spine surgery also:
- Streamlines procedures by helping the surgeon navigate a direct route to the problem area, whether it’s a herniated disc, bone spur or foraminal stenosis
- Allows the surgeon to push the soft tissue aside rather than cut it
- Offers a clearer view of the surgical site
- Makes it easier to perform multiple procedures in one session, which further limits cost and risk of complication for the patient^
- Limits the presence of scarring and internal scar tissue
- Is typically performed on an outpatient basis, which means the patient is able to be up and walking within a few hours of surgery^
Minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute
At the forefront of this technology is Laser Spine Institute. Our board-certified surgeons+ are experts in minimally invasive spine surgery and we are available to further discuss the specific procedures we offer, which include foraminotomy, laminotomy, discectomy and facet thermal ablation. Contact Laser Spine Institute today to find out if one of these minimally invasive outpatient procedures is right for you.
As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Instead of using a large incision that is highly invasive, our procedures use a small incision that does not unnecessarily disrupt the muscles and ligaments near the spine, resulting in a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^
To find out if you are a potential candidate for our computer-assisted spine surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free review of your MRI.* We can help you get your life back from debilitating spine pain.