Author: Mauricio A. Valdes, M.D.
If you suffer from neck or back pain, your physician may have recommended you see a spinal surgeon in Phoenix. For many people, the idea of back surgery – whether it’s “minimally invasive” or not – can be overwhelming. However, advances in technology have allowed for spinal surgeons like myself to provide effective treatments with shorter hospital stays, smaller incisions, and less blood loss. Oftentimes, these factors will result in a faster recovery and less post-operative pain.
While not all neck and back problems can be treated through minimally invasive spine surgery, many problems can be corrected.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries
There are a number of spinal surgeries that can be done in a minimally invasive fashion. While the minimally invasive approach is not new, physicians and medical tech companies continue to significantly improve the mechanics of the procedures. Below, you’ll find brief descriptions of two of the most common types of minimally invasive spine surgeries. (Note: MIS is an abbreviation of “minimally invasive spine.”)
- MIS Lumbar Diskectomy: A diskectomy is a procedure in which the damaged portion of a disc in the spine is removed. If a disc herniates (bulges out) and applies pressure on the spinal cord or a nerve, it can cause severe pain, numbness, weakness, or – in severe cases – paralysis. A lumbar diskectomy is the removal of a slipped or ruptured disc from the lumbar (lower) region of the back. When done with a minimally invasive approach, the surgeon makes a very small incision (in some cases, less than one inch), through which the damaged disk is removed and replaced with bone graft material.
- MIS Lumbar Fusion: Lumbar fusion is a surgical treatment often used to eliminate or reduce lower back pain. In this procedure, the surgeon fuses together multiple vertebrae so that they form into a single bone. Patients who suffer from multiple painful vertebrae may find relief through this procedure, as it prevents nerves, ligaments, and muscles from being stretched and irritated by constant movement. While fusion patients’ mobility may be less than it was before surgery, many find that the benefit of being pain-free significantly outweighs the loss of flexibility.
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To learn more about minimally invasive spine surgery, please contact Hedley Orthopaedic Institute.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.