Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Center
The Spine Institute utilizes all current technology to perform the least invasive surgery possible and still provide the most effective and safe results. Minimally invasive microsurgical and endoscopic techniques are used on an inpatient or outpatient basis.
The Spine Institute surgeons are at the leading edge of minimally invasive spine surgery. Only 10 years ago, if you had spine surgery, you could expect it to take as much as one year before you would be able return to normal activities. Minimally invasive techniques, however, are changing the face of spine surgery. What used to result in a week-long hospital stay, a year’s recovery period and a large scar has been diminished to a few days, a few months and a few small scars.
What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is performed through small incision, often with the aid of very small devices or cameras designed for viewing internal portions of the body. Small surgical instruments are passed through small incisions, which are later closed with sutures and covered with surgical tape. Is this technique applicable for all forms of spinal surgery? No. Nor is it appropriate for all patients. While the field of minimally invasive surgery is changing rapidly, four main types of minimally invasive spine surgery currently are being performed at The Spine Institute:
- Spinal fusion which often is performed on degenerative disks
- Microdiscectomy for repair of herniated disks
- Kyphoplasty for repair of fractures
- Cervical Foraminotomy for cervical disc herniation and stenosis
What are the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery?
Minimally invasive spinal surgery typically allows for the same outcomes as conventional spine surgery. Benefits of minimally invasive back surgery include:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Reduced pain after surgery
- Shorter recovery time and quicker return to daily activities
How will I know if minimally invasive spinal surgery is appropriate for me?
Every patient is evaluated individually. Your surgeon will discuss the various treatment options available to you.