Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
At Texas Spine & Neurosurgery, we appreciate the importance of your time. That’s why minimally invasive spine surgery is used whenever possible. This approach ensures a small incision and a minimal amount of down time. Additionally, minimally invasive spine surgery can decrease the amount of back pain associated with surgery. Regardless of the procedure they undergo, however, most patients who have surgery with Texas Spine and Neurosurgery go home the same day as their procedure or only need to spend one night in hospital.
Minimally invasive spine surgery has actually been around for a while, although its’ name and form have changed over time. As far back as 1997, Dr. Zielinski used minimally invasive spine surgery to treat patients for a number of issues including a herniated disc. Back then, it was called endoscopic surgery. Now, minimally invasive spine surgery is used to describe a list of procedures which involve a minimal amount of “cutting” during surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery of the spine involves using a small incision and operating using a dilator tube. The tube is passed down through the small incision and allows the surgeon to remove or repair a herniated disc. Most of the tissues are not cut during the procedure. Instead, they are simply moved aside. Blood loss is minimal. Usually, the minimally invasive procedure takes less than an hour and the patient can go home on the same day of their surgery.
It should be noted that every patient’s medical condition is different and determining which treatment option is best for you must involve a joint decision making process between you and your doctor. The above is a description of typical minimally invasive treatment and outcomes, but it cannot be generalized to any individual patient.
To determine whether or not you are a candidate for treatment, call Texas Spine & Neurosurgery at 1-844-MeetDrZ.