When your neurosurgeon suggests minimally invasive spine surgery to fix your spinal condition, you may be wondering what exactly that means. It’s a mouthful, but it’s easy to understand! During a minimally invasive spine surgery procedure, your neurosurgeon will make a small incision in your back or your side to access the part of your spine that is suffering.
He will then insert special equipment through the incision to get to the desired location. From there, your neurosurgeon can work on your spine without having to create a large opening. Understandably, there are many benefits to minimally invasive spine surgery! Let’s take a look:
Impressive Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Unlike its counterpart – open spine surgery – minimally invasive spine surgery boasts incredible benefits that we are positive our patients will appreciate. When you undergo minimally invasive spine surgery, you can expect:
- A small amount of blood loss due to surgery.
- May be performed as outpatient procedures versus a length hospital stay.
- Faster recovery time and less (or no) rehab required.
- Lowered risk of infection, as the opening to the surgical procedure is small.
- Minor skin incisions, contributing to optimized aesthetic results.
- Protection of muscles, as cutting into the muscle may be avoided altogether.
We know the thought of surgery can be overwhelming! But with minimally invasive spine surgery, you will feel better than ever once your procedure is complete.
GNI Neurosurgeons are Your Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Experts!
Your neurosurgeon will discuss if minimally invasive spine surgery is right for you and your condition. Our team has your best health in mind with every decision we make. Don’t hesitate to ask your neurosurgeon any questions about minimally invasive spine surgery or your condition.
Stay tuned for parts two and three of this three-part series about minimally invasive spine surgery:
- Part 1 – Understanding How Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Works & Its Benefits
- Part 2 – Common Conditions Treated Using Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Techniques
- Part 3 – Am I a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery?