Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Alan S. Hilibrand, M.D. March 1st, 2017

Learn about the benefits of the minimally invasive spine surgery available at Rothman Institute.

If you or someone you love is suffering from nerve pain or a disc injury, you may be looking for effective treatment options. If other, non-surgical methods of treatment are not sufficient to reduce discomfort, then a doctor may recommended spinal surgery.

What you may not know is that with recent advancements in technology and surgical techniques you may be able to undergo a minimally invasive spine surgery. These advancements in spinal treatment mean a more effective procedure, fewer complications, and a quicker recovery. This technology may be used for minimally invasive surgery for herniated disc, spinal decompression, or spinal fusion. Talk to your doctor about whether a minimally invasive spine surgery might be right for you.  Keep reading to learn more about the incredible benefits of this treatment option.

Open Surgery vs. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Until recently spinal surgeries have been performed as “open” surgeries. This means a surgeon typically makes a long incision to allow for visibility and access to the spine in order to perform the surgery. With modern advancements in recent years, more spinal surgeries are able to be performed using minimally invasive techniques.

In some cases, surgeons are able to access and treat the spine through small incisions using specialized instruments. In open surgery, the incision is normally 5 to 6 in long and requires the surgeon to retract the muscles to have a clear view and access to the spine. This process of muscle retraction, however, may result in soft tissue damage and continued back pain for patients even after the surgery is performed. The soft tissue damage, as well as the larger incision, both mean a longer recovery overall.

In a minimally invasive spine surgery only a very small incision is necessary and the specialized microsized instruments used by the surgeon allow for the areas affected to be much more limited with the focus on only the problem spots. Fluoroscopy–real-time x-ray images, as well as an operating microscope allow the surgeon to see what he or she is doing in spite of the small size of the incision. Click here to view helpful diagrams or a minimally invasive spine surgery video to better understand the procedure.

Whether you need treatment for spinal stenosis or a minimally invasive spine surgery for herniated lumbar disk, this procedure could significantly reduce complications and shorten your recovery time.

Best Providers for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

A small percentage of spinal surgeons specialize in minimally invasive spinal procedures, and here on our Rothman Institute Spine Team, we employ some of the top surgeons in the country.

If you are looking for minimally invasive spinal stenosis surgery, minimally invasive cervical spine surgery or treatment for any other spinal injury, then you may want to consider consulting with specialists at Rothman Institute to assess whether this procedure could be beneficial for you. If you choose Rothman Institute for your treatment and care then you can be assured that you will receive superior care from the top experts in the Philadelphia region, including South Jersey.

Don’t let spinal pain hold you back from living your life any longer - get the minimally invasive spine surgery that can help treat your condition more effectively than ever before.

To learn more about the procedure or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, visit us here or contact us at 1-800-321-9999.

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