Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Procedures Overview
Minimally-invasive spine surgery procedures focus on treating patients with both acute and chronic back and neck pain. The goal of any minimally-invasive spine surgery is to reduce or alleviate the patient’s pain, restore his or her function, and improve his or her quality of life. Our spine doctors are experts who will listen to you, provide you with an accurate diagnosis, and find tailored solutions to your back and neck pain using state-of-the-art, industry-leading, non-surgical, clinically proven treatment options.
Finding the best option for pain management will depend on your medical history and the type of pain you are experiencing. The majority of spine-related pain symptoms go away on their own without surgical intervention in about six weeks. If not, medication and physical therapy exercises are usually the first courses of treatment. If the pain doesn’t go away or if it gets worse after six weeks, though, you and your doctor may decide that it is time for intervention such as diagnostic injections or minimally-invasive spine surgery.
Advantages of Spine Pain Management
- Less dependence on pain medications
- No surgery required
- Restores the function of the back and neck
- You get back to work and hobbies sooner
- Reduces or even eliminates your pain
At the Spine Institute of North America, we offer the following least invasive procedures:
Lumbar Facet Radiofrequency Ablation – This procedure uses radiofrequency ablation to block pain signals from traveling from the medial branch or facet joint to the brain. This can relieve pain in the neck or back for up to 12 months. Learn More
Spinal Cord Stimulator – This procedure uses a small device to send electrical signals through the spinal cord, targeting damaged nerves that are causing the patient’s pain. This disrupts the pain signal from reaching the brain. Learn More
Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Ablation – This is an effective minimally-invasive spine surgery for patients experiencing pain or spasms in their neck and shoulders. The affected nerves are targeted with thermal energy, which creates a lesion and stops the pain signals. Learn More