A minimally invasive spine procedure may be necessary if patients have not experienced lasting pain relief from over-the-counter medication and physical therapy. Patients should speak to their orthopedic physician to find out if minimally invasive surgery is an option for them.
What Minimally Invasive Actually Means
Some minimally invasive spine procedures are both minimally invasive and minimally impacting (meaning minimal postoperative pain), while others may only be minimally invasive in terms of how small the incision is. When considering minimally invasive spine surgery, it’s important to find out if the physician will be fusing the spine and installing hardware, as this could indicate a greater risk of pain and a longer recovery process.
Minimally invasive laser spine surgery may be necessary if the patient can answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions:
Have you had spine-related pain for at least three to four months?
Do you consistently feel discomfort in the same area?
Have you ever had open back surgery for a spine-related problem that did not provide relief?
Do you have recent MRI, X-ray, or CT scans that indicate a specific back problem?
Types of Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures
Endoscopic minimally invasive spine surgery involves using an endoscope, which is a flexible tube with a camera on the end, to examine organs, and remove tissue samples for biopsy.
Depending on the patient’s condition, the physician may recommend a decompression procedure to help relieve nerve pressure. A few types of decompression procedures include discectomies, foraminotomies, and laminotomies.
During a discectomy, the surgeon removes a portion of the damaged spinal disc. During a foraminotomy, the surgeon removes structures in the spine to increase space around the nerves.
Patients suffering from arthritis may benefit from a facet thermal ablation, which is a type of minimally invasive surgery that involves using a laser to deaden nerves and eliminate arthritis affecting the facet joints in the affected area of the spine.
Patients with a severely damaged disc may need stabilization surgery, which often means fusion surgery. Minimally invasive stabilization surgery is an alternative to traditional open fusion surgery and involves making smaller incisions that allow the physician to move (but not cut) surrounding muscles, remove the damaged disc, and replace it with an artificial disc.
The Recovery Process
After surgery, patients need to be extra careful with their movements to ensure the spine heals properly and the muscles fully recover. Some patients will also need physical therapy to help recondition the soft tissue.
Patients will receive specific instructions regarding activities like bathing, exercising, and returning to work. After minimally invasive surgery, patients typically won’t need to take pain medication for an extended period of time, helping to reduce the risk of opioid addiction.
Definitely recommend, fast easy process. They make sure your well informed on whats happening, and if your nervous they’ll talk to you about stuff that makes you happy, especially helped when i was getting my IV.
A couple of weeks ago my mother had a bad experience at this center. She overheard the nurses making rude comments about a patient.I felt very uncomfortable going threw my procedure after what I herd.Very unprofessional attitude, please avoid this place I made the mistake of coming here.
I saw Dr. Shad after my aunt recommended me to him for back pain. I had pretty bad back pain for a young adult. Upon the first appointment he felt my injury and immediately identified the area in pain and explained everything to me. My back is doing great now and I am able to go back for tissue work when needed. Never had more confidence in a doctor then I do with Dr. Shad, definitely recommend!
I just had a procedure done here this morning. The center is very clean and orderly. The nurses were so friendly and kind, it was like talking to a friend. The anesthesiologist had great bedside manner and was honestly the nicest one I’ve ever met. Dr. Jenkins is very sweet and made sure I felt comfortable and informed. She is always very bubbly and makes you feel at ease. Really great people at this place! Highly recommend if you are needing a procedure done.
I have had a number of procedures done. The staff are amazing they took such good care of me. Dr. Ding communicates on a real level.Highly recommend this crew if you ever need surgery they are equipped for
My wife had surgery at your Facility. Dr Tony Mork was the surgeon. We were very impressed with your neat little surgery center. We got very personal care.. Thinking back 10 months when she had surgery we still remember well 😊
The morning admittance gal who was friendly , knowledgeable and put my nervousness about surgery at ease helped me fill out the necessary forms for surgery. The next nurse prepped me for surgery and explained what would be happening. Again,very personable, organized, and knowledgeableAnother nurse came over and told me she would be helping the doctor in surgery and again explained what was going on. Friendly The orthopedic surgeon came in and spine to me about the surgery also kind and caring. Then surgery was over and I was again met with a kind nurse to help me adjust to waking up. This may all sound very routine to who ever reads this but surgery is Not, routine and it is damm scary to the patient and their families. To be taken care of by friendly, kind caring and knowledgeable staff is so important. My husband And I are grateful for the entire team here at Crown Valley Surgical. Thank you, Barbara and Jeff tatro