Minimally invasive spinal surgery offers patients the best of both worlds: advanced surgical techniques and cutting-edge technology.
This type of low-impact spinal surgery uses a very small, specialized video camera and micro-sized instruments that are transported to the area where they are needed via a small, flexible tube. Because this only requires a tiny incision into the skin, it’s considered a much less invasive procedure than traditional “open” surgeries that require a larger incision site and greater disruption of healthy tissue in the area.
The benefits of minimally invasive spinal surgery include:
- Fewer and smaller scars
- Shorter recovery period
- Likelihood of less blood loss during the procedure
- Less damage to healthy muscle or other tissue
- Reduced postoperative pain
- Minimized risk of infection after surgery
What to Expect
Micro-sized instruments used during the procedure allow your surgeon to focus on the problem areas only, without harming nearby tissue. During the procedure, real-time images are transmitted to a screen in the operating room and used as to guide the procedure.
Lumbar fusion and lumbar decompression (discectomy) are two common spinal surgeries that can be performed in a minimally invasive manner.
Minimally invasive spinal surgery works well to treat:
- Spinal decompression
- Spinal fusion
- Certain cases of scoliosis
- Lumbar and cervical disc herniation
- Age-related tears on spinal discs (spondylosis)
- Certain bones in the spine that move out of place (spondylolisthesis)
- Disc degeneration
- Abnormal curvature of the spine
- Less severe deformities in the spine
Am I a Good Candidate for Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery?
Not everyone is right for minimally invasive spine surgery. Patients who suffer from severe deformities or who have undergone multiple other surgeries or otherwise have increased scar tissue may require traditional, open surgery instead.
Additional factors may determine if this procedure is right for you, including your age, weight, and current health status. Consult a professional neurosurgeon to find out more.
Neurosurgeons in Colorado
If you experience discomfort or pain in your neck or back that you believe has something to do with your spine, you may need to see a neurosurgeon. Minimally invasive spinal surgery could be the best bet when considering your treatment options.
The medical team at Front Range Spine and Neurosurgery are dedicated to providing high-quality treatment tailored to your unique needs. We practice patient-centered care to give you the best possible experience. Contact us by calling (303) 790-1800 or request an appointment now.