Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Back disorders can be extremely discomforting and painful. Problems like spinal stenosis, herniated disc as well as bulging discs can hinder the normal life activities. Most of the time these problems can be sorted with conservative treatment options like physical therapy, medications, and massage therapy as well as chiropractic manipulation. However, in certain cases there is no respite from pain and discomfort with the help of non-surgical treatment options. This is where doctors opt for back surgery. The specialist can choose any type of surgery like open surgery or minimally invasive spine surgery, depending upon the condition of the patient as well as the problem.

Minimally Invasive vs. Open Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spine SurgeryOpen surgery is the traditional surgical process on the spine. That means the spinal column which needs to be operated is opened up by making a long incision so that the surgeon can have the right view as well access to the anatomy. However, with technology becoming more and more advance doctors now opt for minimally invasive spine surgery for neck and back disorders. As opposed to traditional spine surgery in minimally invasive spine surgery one does not need to make a long or deep incision but only some small ones, this means that there is far less damage to the muscles surrounding the spine.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Benefits

There are a lot of advantages that minimally invasive surgery have over traditional open surgery. Let us take a brief look at the major advantages of this surgical procedure:

  • Instead of one long and deep incision a few smaller cuts and scars
  • Less tissue dissection which means less damage to the muscles surrounding the spine
  • Less blood loss
  • Quick recovery process and healing
  • Significantly less post-operative pain and a shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker return to daily activities