Minimally invasive spine surgery is a method that reduces many things about traditional surgery, such as the length of surgery time, the amount of healing time, and the risks for infection. Minimally invasive spine surgery is reflective of its name and does not require the doctor to cut through several fibers and muscles in order to reach the spine. This method is used for many different conditions and there are several different variations.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
The benefits of a minimally invasive surgery typically far outweigh any potential downsides to the surgery. With spinal surgery, it can be very difficult to ensure that the right part of the spine is being accessed. During a minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon does not make a huge cut in the body and can maneuver to the right area easily. The spine is also more subject to infections than the rest of the body. Because of the nature of the spine, it is important that it is protected. Minimally invasive surgery reduces the risks of infection because the incisions are not as large.
What are the downsides of minimally invasive surgery?
There are few downsides to minimally invasive spine surgeries. The most obvious downside is that the surgeon will not have as large a work space as he or she would in a traditional spine surgery. Another downside is that the surgery may need to be repeated if it is not done the correct way the first time. This is common for surgeries, but occurs more in minimally invasive ones. However, choosing a surgeon who is experienced in the type of surgery being performed will minimize this risk.
What types of minimally invasive surgery are used?
There are several types of minimally invasive surgeries that can be used by surgeons for the spine. Of these, the most common are laser surgery and surgery that utilizes a small camera and small instruments that a doctor can work with. In a laser surgery, the laser creates a small incision on the back and accesses the spine. With a small camera surgery, a small camera is inserted into the spine, and then the doctor watches the images on a large monitor while controlling small instruments.
Whether you have a herniated disc, a compacted vertebra, or pinched nerves in your spine, there are many things that can be helped with minimally invasive spine surgery. Before you make the decision for any surgery, consider the alternatives such as physical therapy or maintenance. When you make the decision to have a surgery, always talk to your doctor about the minimally invasive options that may be available for your specific issue.