Hybrid lumbar spine surgery is an emerging surgical intervention used to treat patients with a combination of mechanical and inflammatory conditions in their lower back. It combines facets of different surgical procedures into one procedure…
After many months of conservative treatment of your back injury have passed, you are likely tired and ready to have your surgery and get back to doing the things you like most. So why choose a form of minimally invasive spine surgery over regular open back surgery.
Advantages of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Smaller Incision – Compared to open back surgery that requires a large incision for the surgeon to gain access to the spine, less invasive surgery often requires an incision that is no bigger than the size of a postage stamp.
- Minimal Tissue Damage – Open back surgery involves cutting and tearing of muscles and tissue, whereas during an endoscopic surgery, tissue and muscle are merely pushed or moved to the side.
- No General Anesthesia – Instead of the traditional need for general anesthesia which can cause many dangerous side effects, minimally invasive surgery usually only requires a local anesthesia.
- Hospital Stay – Instead of staying up to 5 days in the hospital, endoscopic spine surgery is most often performed as a day surgery. This means that you will have your procedure, be taken to a recovery area, and within about 2 hours be ready to leave with the assistance of a companion.
- Recovery – Most importantly you will want to recover quickly so that you can put this experience behind you and get back to whatever you enjoy that your back injury has kept you from. Open back surgery can take up to a year or longer to recover from. With most minimally invasive spine procedures you will be up and moving the same days as your surgery and back to work in a week or two.
From the list above it should be obvious that when it is possible, minimally invasive spine surgery is likely the best choice for a quicker and easier recovery. Although not everybody is a good fit for this surgery, you owe it to yourself to see if you are a candidate.
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