Whether you are dealing with chronic back pain or an acute spine injury, there is a chance that you may require back surgery. Though surgery can be intimidating, there are multiple options available to you, depending on your diagnosis, including minimally invasive options. While many think minimally invasive surgery is one thing, it is actually a series of techniques that can be used. Learn more below!
Spine surgeries vary according to diagnosis and it is important to remember that not all spine surgeries are created equal. In both traditional and minimally invasive surgeries there are various approaches that surgeons can take for each, making the titles “traditional” and “minimally invasive” more or categories that identify the kind of procedure than the actual procedure itself.
Some of the main differences include:
|Traditional Spine Surgeries||Minimally Invasive Surgeries|
|Larger incisions that go through spine muscle||Smaller incisions that avoid spine muscle|
|Exposes the spine for surgeons to visualize the spine||Uses x-ray and other image guided technology to visualize the spine|
|Longer recovery||Faster recovery|
|Higher risk of infection||Less risk of infection|
There are a number of significant benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery. Some of the biggest benefits include:
The most important benefit of them all is that the reduced trauma from a minimally invasive procedure reduces future spine surgical episodes.
Minimally invasive spine surgery is much more of a philosophy instead of a specific approach. Whether we are approaching your spine from the back, the front, or the side, the goal is to minimize the amount of trauma to your back. By doing so, we reduce your risks, increase your benefits, and expedite the healing process. The goal of minimally invasive spine surgery is to provide you with the best outcome possible. By taking an evidence-based approach to minimally invasive spine surgery, it is possible to place every patient in the best position to achieve the greatest recovery.
It is important for you to explore the benefits and drawbacks of every treatment option available to you, including surgery. If you believe that you may require spine surgery, you should learn more about minimally invasive spine surgery. That is where we can help you. At the Masson Spine Institute, we have a tremendous amount of experience with minimally invasive spine surgery. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you!