ARE YOU CONSIDERING
MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY?
If you want less pain and a faster recovery, minimally invasive surgery may be for you.
MOST PAINFUL SPINE CONDITIONS can be managed through non-surgical treatments. Sometimes pain relief is a matter of making lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, modifying activities, and improving ergonomics and posture. Other times, relief is found through following a treatment plan prescribed by a physical therapist, chiropractor, or pain medicine and rehabilitation physician.
But what about when non-surgical treatments fail to provide you relief, and your quality of life diminishes as a result of the pain? Chronic pain caused by a wide range of conditions, including herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis, can disrupt your life for months—sometimes years. In such cases, you want a safe, effective solution that brings lasting relief.
Many patients are turning to minimally invasive spine surgery, in which a surgeon uses special instruments to access the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine in a less invasive way.
KNOW YOUR OPTIONS
Talking to a Resurgens spine surgeon about minimally invasive
spine surgery is a smart, risk-free step toward relief.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY is different than traditional open back surgery. Because minimally invasive surgery does not involve the surgeon making a long incision, the surrounding muscles do not sustain damage. In most cases, this means less pain after surgery and a quicker recovery time. Smaller incisions often lead to less bleeding, less scarring, and less time spent in the hospital.
Minimally invasive techniques have been used for common procedures, such as decompression and spinal fusion, for the past couple of decades. Recent technological advancements have allowed surgeons to perform a wider range of minimally invasive spine procedures, including discectomy, microdiscectomy, laminectomy, and artificial disc replacement.
Special tools, such as a tubular retractor, endoscopic camera, X-ray imaging, and lasers, allow the surgeon to safely access the spine with minimal interference to surrounding muscles and tissues. These technologies are designed to minimize complications and permit a speedy recovery.
THE GOAL OF MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY is to relieve your pain and get you back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible. Surgery does not have to considerably delay your return to hobbies or work. It can help you get back faster and safer.
Every patient is unique, so there is no exact timeline for length of hospital stay or recovery. On average, patients typically go home within 1 to 2 days after minimally invasive spine surgery, and sometimes on the very same day. Patients who opt for traditional spine surgery, however, typically stay in the hospital for 3 to 5 days.
Once you are home it is recommended you follow a physical therapy and exercise program made by your doctor. This regimen helps increase strength and mobility, so you can quickly get back to enjoying all the activities you used to do—without the pain.