Minimally invasive surgery for the spine
Minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective treatment alternative for patients who are recommended to undergo traditional open back surgery.^ Minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute uses muscle-sparing techniques to give our patients a streamlined experience with many advantages.
Unlike traditional open back surgery that requires a large incision to give surgeons access to the spine, minimally invasive spine surgery can be performed through a less than 1-inch incision. This small incision allows our surgeons to access the exact location of the damaged portion of the spine while causing less disruption of the surrounding muscles.
The type of minimally invasive surgery performed will be dependent on the type of spine condition, as well as its location and severity.
Types of minimally invasive surgery
There are two categories of minimally invasive surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute: minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization. While these two approaches are both performed on an outpatient basis, our minimally invasive stabilization procedures are designed as an alternative to traditional open back fusion surgery.
For example, a patient with a moderate herniated disc may only require a minimally invasive decompression procedure, such as a discectomy, that involves removal of part of the disc. While a more severely damaged disc may require a stabilization procedure that involves full disc removal and spinal fusion. After a full clinical evaluation and diagnosis, our highly skilled medical team will make a surgical recommendation.
Although minimally invasive stabilization is sometimes necessary, decompression procedures are the more commonly performed surgery. Decompression procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute include:
- Foraminotomy. A procedure that relieves pressure on compressed nerves in the foramen, a passageway through which nerve roots exit the spinal canal.
- Laminotomy. A laminotomy relieves pressure by removing a portion of the lamina, a bony plate on each vertebra that protects the spinal cord.
- Discectomy. This outpatient procedure involves the surgical removal of a portion of a herniated or bulging disc.
- Facet thermal ablation. A procedure that involves the cleaning of the joints that connect the vertebrae in the back.
Advantages of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery
Because of our minimally invasive approach to spine surgery, our patients are able to return home or to their hotel within hours after the procedure is finished.^ Our minimally invasive surgery is performed in one of our world-class surgery centers throughout the country. Patients undergoing minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute can expect a shorter recovery time with less risk of complication compared to traditional open spine surgery.^