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.

What Is a Minimally Invasive Spine Procedure?

A minimally invasive spine surgery or procedure is performed using special instruments with small incisions. This practice contrasts with open surgery in which access to the spine involves making long incisions that are about five to six inches in length. In those surgeries, the surgeon then moves the muscles aside to gain access to the spine and perform corrective surgical procedures.

Unlike open surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery in NJ doesn’t involve pulling muscles aside. The change helps prevent any damage to the muscles, soft tissue and other structures of the spine.

Opting for minimally invasive spine surgery in allows the surgeon to use special endoscopoes to see the precise location that needs to be treated on the spine.

Why Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in NJ the Best Option?

Minimally invasive back surgery in NJ is the best option for treating spinal cord injuries for the following reasons:

  • Smaller and fewer incisions: The incisions don’t have to be more than 25mm long.
  • Minimal loss of blood: Less blood flows out of the small incisions, which reduces pain and the possibility of infections.
  • Minimal pain after operation: Patients feel less post-operative pain and can return home the same day in most cases.
  • Fewer complications: This type of operation results in few complications and offers better long-term results for the patient.
  • Shorter recovery time: One of the key benefits of minimally invasive back surgery in Marlton, NJ, and beyond is the shorter time for recovery, which can take as short as two weeks or a maximum of six weeks.

What Should You Expect From Minimally Invasive Back Surgery in NJ?

When you choose minimally invasive spine surgery in Princeton, NJ, and the surrounding region to be performed at Spine Institute of North America, you should expect:

  • A quick return to work and your daily activities because you’ll be able to walk back home on the same day
  • A fast rate of recovery with minimal pain
  • Minimal scarring on your back
  • A better quality of life after your 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:

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.

Kyphoplasty — This procedure uses bone cement to fill in the vertebrae, giving them back their original shape and alleviating any compression in the spine. Learn more.

Endoscopic Discectomy — A procedure in which the herniated disc material is removed is called an endoscopic discectomy — no muscle dissection or bone removal is necessary. Learn more.

Endoscopic Rhizotomy — This procedure provides a direct visual of the dorsal ramus nerve branch and allows for ablation of the pain-causing nerves. Learn more.

Endoscopic Foraminalplasty — One of the least invasive spine surgeries, this procedure alleviates pressure on the spinal cord or exiting nerve, selectively removing bone using microscopic surgical tools. Learn more.

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.