Treatment Options

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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive spinal surgery involves making smaller incisions than traditional spinal surgery. Typically, the muscles are dilated rather than split or cut. Using special instruments and special retractors, the surgery can be done through a smaller incision which may decrease postoperative pain and potentially allow patients to get back to certain activities sooner than traditional open surgery.

Minimally invasive spinal surgery can often be used to relieve leg pain and/or numbness or tingling and/or weakness in the legs. It can also be done to, at times, relieve or improve back pain. Laminectomies can be done through minimally invasive approach, as can lumbar fusion surgeries. Patients are usually discharged home in 1-2 days after a minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion.

The advantage of minimally invasive surgery is that patients often experience a quicker recovery with less postoperative pain. The risks of minimally invasive surgery are similar to traditional open surgery and will be discussed with you in detail prior to any surgical intervention. Your surgeon will discuss with you whether you are a candidate for a minimally invasive approach or not.

Not all patients are candidates for minimally invasive surgery, but we employ it when feasible.

 

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