Minimally invasive procedures for scoliosis treatment
Adult-onset scoliosis causes many painful, life-disruptive symptoms — and if you have them, you are probably searching for relief and a return to your favorite activities. Historically, when a full course of nonsurgical treatment did not accomplish this, a patient’s only option for surgery was a range of highly invasive traditional open spine procedures. Now, with advances in medical technology, there are new choices in scoliosis surgery that offer many advantages compared to traditional open back procedures.
Minimally invasive spine surgery to treat scoliosis symptoms
State-of-the-art techniques and direct visualization technology have made it possible to perform surgery to treat scoliosis symptoms with a minimally invasive approach. This means a smaller incision, less muscle disruption and a shorter recovery period^ compared to traditional open back procedures.
These are two of the minimally invasive stabilization procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute that may be recommended to treat symptoms related to scoliosis:
- Lateral lumbar interbody fusion. By accessing the spine through small incisions on the side of the body, this procedure can reduce the need to disrupt muscles, cut through bone and move aside blood vessels. After the disc in the affected area is removed during a lateral lumbar interbody fusion, the adjacent vertebrae are realigned and a small implant is installed in place of the disc.
- Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF). Designed to relieve back pain associated with adult-onset scoliosis and other degenerative spinal conditions, a TLIF helps to stabilize the spine by removing the disc that is destabilizing the spine, resetting the vertebrae back to a normal position and placing implants in the area. This is all done with one or two small incisions on the lower back.
Benefits of minimally invasive procedures
When performing minimally invasive scoliosis surgery, our board-certified surgeons+ use advanced surgical instruments to treat the spine through small incisions. In order to master the steep learning curve that can go with this, a surgeon must be highly skilled and professionally trained. The surgeons at Laser Spine Institute are required to complete an intensive, proprietary training program in minimally invasive spine surgery that is not available in residency programs.
If you have been recommended by your doctor or spine specialist for scoliosis surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more. Our caring and dedicated team can help you receive a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.