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 more advanced, precise medical techniques to allow patients to experience lower risk and higher patient satisfaction scores than traditional open back surgery.

Unlike traditional open back surgery that requires a large incision to give surgeons access to the spine, minimally invasive spine surgery is conducted through a small incision, usually about 1 inch in length. This small incision allows our surgeons to access the exact location of the damaged portion of the spine without disrupting the muscles near the spine.

The type of minimally invasive surgery performed will be dependent on the type of spine condition, and the location and severity of the condition.

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. These two types of procedures are used to give patients with common spine conditions a better alternative treatment option than traditional neck and back surgery.

The difference between our two types of procedures is that our minimally invasive decompression surgery is used to treat mild to moderate spine conditions, while our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is used to treat more moderate to severe cases.

For example, a patient with a moderate case of a herniated disc may undergo minimally invasive discectomy surgery, in which the surgeon would remove a small portion of the herniated disc to decompress the nerve root that has been pinched by the damaged disc. Similarly, a patient with a more severe herniated disc may undergo a minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon would remove the entire damaged disc and insert an artificial disc to help maintain the natural movement and stability of the spine.

The four most common procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute include:

  • Foraminotomy — which relieves pressure on compressed nerves in the foramen, a passageway through which nerve roots exit the spinal canal.
  • Laminotomy — which relieves pressure by removing a portion of the lamina, a bony plate on each vertebra that protects the spinal cord.
  • Discectomy — which is the surgical removal of a portion of a herniated or bulging disc.
  • Facet Thermal Ablation — which is the surgical cleaning of the joint structures (facet joints) that connect the vertebrae in the back.

Advantages of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery

Every year, more patients come to Laser Spine Institute for spine surgery than to any other surgery center in the world. Our expert spine surgeons have pioneered the way into minimally invasive spine surgery, and our 96 patient satisfaction score^ shows the overwhelming success our minimally invasive procedures have had with helping patients find pain relief.

What makes our procedures stand out against traditional neck and back surgery is the careful approach our surgeons take to the spine. Unlike traditional surgery that requires a large incision and the detachment of the surrounding muscles, our minimally invasive procedures are performed through a small incision without impacting the local muscles. This seemingly small distinction makes a very large difference when it comes to possible risk factors and overall postoperative patient satisfaction. Our minimally invasive surgery has been proven to have lower risks and higher patient satisfaction than traditional surgery.

Because of our minimally invasive approach to spine surgery, our patients are able to return home or to their hotel mere hours after the procedure is finished. There is no required hospitalization with our procedures; our minimally invasive surgery is performed in one of our world-class surgery centers throughout the country.

For more information about the advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery, please contact Laser Spine Institute today.