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Understanding Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Understanding Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

In our last blog, we discussed open-spine surgery. Our Top Rated Local® Spine Institute works to make this traditional operation irrelevant to you, protecting you from complications and long recovery times. Whether you suffer from sciatica or spinal stenosis and beyond, our seasoned experts are ready to transparently consult with you to find a pain-free resolution.

We have claimed that our minimally invasive procedures can achieve the same results as traditional ones. How can they do this?

  • Though some procedures can be done through the skin, most are done through a small incision.
  • A tool called a tubular retractor is inserted, creating a tunnel to the trouble-spot. The tubular retractor holds the muscles open, and the surgeon accesses the spine through it.

How do we  know where to insert the tubular retractor? And how does the surgeon know what is going on down at your spine? The answer is fluoroscopy.

  • Fluoroscopy is a real-time x-ray displaying the patient’s spine on a screen the surgeon can see.
  • The surgeon may also use an operating microscope to get a better view through the tubular retractor.
  • Once the procedure is finished, the tubular retractor is removed and the incision is closed.
  • Because this procedure requires only local anesthetic, you will spend less time in the hospital. Other benefits include a small incision and scar, decreased blood loss, and less pain medication needed.

At the end of the day, we are here for you. Make an appointment with the Spine INA today!

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