Pain Management – Interventional Spine Procedures
These least-invasive or minimally-invasive spine surgery procedures were developed to offer the smallest footprint on the patient, leading to faster recovery and higher satisfaction rates among patients.
Advantages of Interventional Procedures Versus Traditional Spine Surgery
- More cost effective than spine surgery
- No recovery time needed
- Outpatient procedure – no hospitalization
- No incision needed
- Less risk of complications
- Back to work and play sooner
Types of Least and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Procedures
- Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation – The goal of a radiofrequency ablation is to prolong the relief received from a medial branch block or facet joint injection. Typically, the radiofrequency ablation relieves pain in the back for 6-12 months.
- Cervical Radiofrequency Ablation – This procedure is a highly effective treatment for pain relief in patients suffering from neck and shoulder pain and spasms. Radiofrequency thermal energy is used to selectively heat and ablate the nerve causing the pain.
- Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty – These procedures relieve spinal compression fractures by using a surgical filling of the vertebrae, which restores the original shape and configuration.
- Spinal Cord Stimulator – Spinal cord stimulation sends an electrical pulse through spinal cord to the affected or damaged nerve that is causing pain. The small device uses a generator to send these pulses to interfere with nerve impulses that allow you feel pain.
- Dekompressor Discectomy – This is a least-invasive procedure. It involves removing the small piece of a herniated disc that is causing leg or back pain via the irritation of a spinal nerve.