We always talk about how one of the biggest benefits of minimally-invasive spine surgery is the short recovery time, but what are we really talking about here? One of the most common questions we get is just that: how long is recovery — really? We understand our patients’ concern. Any sort of operation is a disruption, even if it’s just a day or two. People usually have jobs or other commitments, and they need to know how to prepare.
We’ve actually met many people who avoid getting their backs fixed because they don’t think their lives can handle the disruption. What they fail to realize is that their back condition disrupts their lives every day, forcing them to take detours when our treatment could get them back to moving through life at 100 percent. That is why our procedures are so powerful. They offer effective solutions without requiring weeks and weeks of recovery. In today’s blog, we want to discuss some of the numbers around timing so you have a better picture of just how wonderful our procedures can be for your schedule.
Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery Recovery Times
These numbers come from the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and are supported by our own experience with patients in New Jersey.
- You can expect to return home two to three days after an average minimally-invasive procedure.
- If you have a sedentary job, you can get back to work within a week or two.
- If you are undergoing multiple operations, the recovery time expands, but the minimally-invasive road offers advantages that standard, open surgery cannot provide.
As you can see, a procedure is a procedure — you cannot expect to be back at work the next day. However, one to two weeks is far superior to a month or two.
Other Reasons to Choose Our Minimally-Invasive Procedures
You experience less pain. Every patient is different and will experience pain in a different way, but a majority of patients report much less post-operative pain after undergoing a minimally-invasive procedure compared to an open surgery. The pain is less because the trauma is less; our microscopic tools allow us to access and address issues with a minimum of damage to the surrounding tissues.
These operations are more affordable. When you don’t have to stay in the hospital as long and you don’t risk as many complications, things just cost less. We can save you a lot of money on spine surgery, so don’t settle for a more expensive option that puts you at higher risk!
You lose less blood. Minimally-invasive procedures utilize tiny incisions, which means you lose just a fraction of the blood you lose in a standard, open surgery. This means your body doesn’t have to work as hard to replace that blood while healing itself. On every front, our minimally-invasive procedures offer superior benefits.
Turn to the Spine Institute of North America
Back pain is no joke, and that is why we do what we do. We understand how profoundly back pain can impact your life, and we are here to get you back on track. Contact us to learn more about our minimally invasive spine surgery services today!