If you are suffering from back or neck pain and are in need of surgery, minimally invasive surgery may be an option to consider. Minimally invasive spinal surgeries offer many benefits, such as smaller incisions and less muscle invasion.
These benefits are achieved through updated techniques and instrumentation. Instead of making a large incision and moving aside muscles and soft tissues to see the spine, the surgeon will make smaller incisions and use small surgical tools to access the affected area. In an open spine surgery, the incision is typically five to six inches long, while in a minimally invasive surgery, the incision or incisions are much smaller.
Many different procedures can be done using a minimally invasive approach, including fusions, disc replacements, and spinal decompression surgeries, such as laminectomy, discectomy, and foraminotomy.
Minimally invasive spinal procedures have the following benefits:
- Minimized scarring
- Fewer complications
- Less postoperative pain
- Faster recovery time