Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery: The Procedure and Benefits

In some cases, injections and medication are not enough to resolve a spinal condition. In these situations, the doctors at our Sumter spine center recommend a minimally invasive spinal surgery to correct the core problem.

Today, we will discuss what this procedure involves, who is a good candidate for it, and why you should follow our doctors’ recommendations.

What Conditions Can Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Resolve?

This procedure may be recommended by your doctor if you suffer from one of the following conditions:

Compared to pain management treatments, the minimally invasive procedure will not just stop the pain, but fix the underlying condition that causes the pain.

How Does the Minimally Invasive Surgery Differ from the Traditional Procedure?

Many people have second thoughts about having spinal surgery. This is because they are thinking about the traditional surgery. It involved making a long incision along the spine and retracting a large area of muscle and tissue to expose the surgical site. This approach caused significant tissue damage and resulted in postoperative pain.

The minimally invasive spinal surgery involves just one or two small incisions – no larger than half an inch. These tiny incisions are sufficient to insert an endoscope, allowing the surgeon to see inside your body and the surgical instruments.

What to Expect from a Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Now, let us walk you through the entire procedure to give you a clearer idea of what it involves. First of all, the doctors at our Sumter spine center will give you a general evaluation to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Even though it is minimally invasive, it is still a surgery, and not everyone can safely undergo it. The doctors will look for various aspects, including potential intolerance to the substances used in the local or general anesthesia.

Before the Surgery

Your doctor will recommend you stop smoking and start doing exercises to strengthen the muscles for a faster recovery. You must also tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, as some of them may interfere with the anesthetic drugs.

If you don’t have complete diagnostic tests, the doctor will order a set of X-rays to pinpoint the surgical site. Also, they will recommend a course of antibiotics to prevent any risk of infection after the surgery.

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During the Surgery

Most patients only require local anesthesia for minimally invasive spine surgery. The doctors will perform tiny incisions through the chest, back, or abdomen, depending on the surgical site.

The doctors will insert a fluoroscope and an endoscope through these incisions. The fluoroscope will provide real-time images of your spine during the procedure, while the endoscope is a tube with a tiny video camera sending images on a screen.

Next, the doctors will use an instrument called a tubular retractor to create tiny tunnels between the incision and the surgical site. These tunnels will be used to guide the instruments that will perform the surgery itself.

After the Surgery

The doctors will close the incisions with sutures, special staples, or tape. You will likely have to stay in hospital for 3 to 5 days. The total recovery time is several months, depending on factors such as:

  • Your age
  • Overall state of health
  • The spinal condition
  • The complexity of the surgery.

Your doctor will also recommend you physical therapy to strengthen your muscles and recover faster.

Benefits of the Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery 

Compared with traditional surgery, the minimally invasive procedure has many benefits for patients, including:

  • Less anesthesia
  • Less blood loss during the surgery
  • Minimal muscle and tissue damage
  • Reduced postoperative pain
  • Faster recovery
  • Smaller postoperative scarring.

The Doctors at Our Sumter Spine Center Will Evaluate If You Qualify for the Procedure

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a life changer for many patients who suffer from various conditions. It helps them return to their everyday life, free of pain and with improved strength and mobility.

The doctors at our Sumter spine center will evaluate your condition and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. So, stop living with pain and discomfort and call us at 864-535-0144 to schedule your initial appointment!