Reclaim your life with ultra-minimally invasive spine surgery
Just because back pain is one of the most common complaints of adults in the United States doesn’t mean that you have to suffer with it for the rest of your life. Nor does it mean that you have to choose a spine procedure that has a higher risk of infection and failure rate. Ultra-minimally invasive spine surgery targets the source of your chronic back pain without disrupting the ligaments and muscles surrounding your spine which means your recovery time is shorter and your risk of failed back surgery is lower compared to traditional spine surgery offered in a hospital.
There are several ultra-minimally invasive spine surgeries to treat the specific conditions that could be causing your pain, such as herniated or bulging disc, slipped disc, or spinal stenosis, to name a few. Take a moment to read through the types of ultra-minimally invasive spine surgery available; It’s time to regain control of your pain and take action.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE PROCEDURES
This ultra-minimally invasive procedure is designed to help patients with arthritis of the spine. The aim of this surgery is to cut the spinal nerve roots that are sending pain signals from the joint to the brain. This is done using an endoscope and specially designed cutting tools. The procedure uses a small incision designed to cause less damage to soft tissue than traditional back surgeries.
Spinal decompression, also known as a laminectomy is used to treat spinal stenosis. This minimally invasive procedure is performed under direct visualization using an endoscope. The lamina and surrounding ligament are removed, as well as a portion of the disc to alleviate impingement on the spinal cord. The procedure takes about 45 minutes to perform. Most patients are sore for a few days and are able to return to a light duty job in about a week.
A spinal fusion is performed to stabilize the spine for patients with severe arthritis, spinal fractures and instability. In an outpatient setting, spinal fusion is performed using a minimally invasive technique to spare the muscles and reduce scarring. In this procedure, a portion of the vertebrae and disc are removed and hardware is used to join two or more vertebrae.
A cervical artificial disc is inserted to replace a painful, damaged disc in the neck. An incision is made in the front of the neck, the damaged disc removed, and the artificial disc inserted. This procedure is an alternative to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, also called by its acronym ACDF, a form of spinal fusion.
Herniated discs occur when the tough outer shell of a spinal disc is torn and the gel-like inner material pokes out or herniates. These discs can compress teh spinal nerves and lead to back pain. A microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure performed in an outpatient setting. During the procedure, surgeons remove a portion of the disc to reduce pain.
Back pain can be caused by narrowing of the spinal canal. In many cases, this narrowing is the result of bone spurs that narrow the spaces through which the nerves pass. This can lead to spinal nerve irritation and pain. The lumbar laminectomy procedure is designed to remove areas of the bone that are compressing the nerve and causing pain. The procedure takes about 45 minutes and is done under direct visualization.