Benefits of minimally invasive surgery

Traditional open back procedures were once a patient’s only option if surgery became a necessary means of treatment. These procedures generally are accompanied by large incisions, invasive techniques and long recovery times. Traditional back surgeries are also accompanied by large risks of complication.

However, surgeons are now capable of providing patients with a greater level of care through the assistance of technology. This has resulted in an increase of minimally invasive spine surgery, which is described in the following article.

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is done through a small incision, causing less trauma to the body. At times, the surgeon may use direct visualization and magnification tools to precisely view the damage in the spine. This assists the surgeon in completing the procedure without opening the patient’s neck or back.

During minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon uses a series of dilating tubes to access the impacted area. Tubes increasing in size are placed one at a time over the first tube that is inserted through the incision to create a small opening in the spine and split the muscles between the fibers. The instruments used to complete the surgery are then inserted into the largest tube, which is about 18 millimeters.

Through direct visualization and magnification tools, the surgeon is able to remove the bone, ligament or tissue that is compressing the nerve in order to provide stability and relief from chronic neck or back pain. At Laser Spine Institute, our muscle-sparing procedures provide many benefits over traditional surgery, including:

  • A smaller incision. Traditional open neck or back surgeries often require a 4- to 7-inch incision. This large incision leaves an increased risk for infection, complication and long recovery. The smaller incision and minimal internal damage of a minimally invasive procedure offers patients much less overall risk. At Laser Spine Institute, we insert a less than 1-inch incision that has a smaller chance of scarring.
  • A shorter recovery time. Invasive procedures include a longer recovery time. Often patients who have undergone traditional open neck or back surgery will need months of rest and physical therapy in order to gain overall function again. Minimally invasive procedures from Laser Spine Institute often have no lengthy recovery,^ depending on the surgery.

Are you a candidate for minimally invasive surgery?

After exhausting all conservative options, if you and your doctor have determined that surgery is the right option for you, contact Laser Spine Institute today. You will be able to receive a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.