The words “spine surgery” can instigate panic in the calmest patient’s mind. We all know that surgery comes with risk, regardless of what type of surgery’s involved. That’s an unavoidable reality.
But the truth is that 21st Century medicine has taken leaps and bounds, especially in the realm of surgical solutions which result in less physical trauma. As news of minimally invasive surgeries of all types is diffused, more and more people seek them out.
The promise of surgery which offers patients reduced recovery time and a greatly reduced incidence of complications, is a reassuring advent in the world of medicine.
Minimally invasive spine surgery.
Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is making the prospect of spine surgery a much less daunting one for patients everywhere. The description is accurate – minimally invasive spine surgery is less physically traumatic because it’s less invasive and there are several reasons for that.
This type of surgery employs a much smaller incision, to begin with. Using specialized surgical tools, MISS is adaptable to several spinal conditions, from scoliosis to spinal stenosis, as well as herniated discs.
Soft tissue damage is also greatly reduced when MISS is employed, which promotes more rapid recovery times.
Endoscopes are often used in this type of spine surgery. A tiny camera is inserted into the very small incision required to allow your surgeon access to the spine, but other approaches are also in play.
The tubular model of MISS uses a tube-shaped retractor which passes through the muscles of your back to the spine. This method causes much less blood loss and damage to muscles – both of which are associated with traditional methods.
The mini-open method of MISS uses the tiny incision associated with the other versions of this type of surgery. More closely resembling the traditional method, the mini-open is still preferred, due to the small incision size. This factor is key in restricting blood loss and mitigating the possibility of infection – the most common of all surgical complications.
Surgery is a last resort.
At Progressive Spine and Orthopaedics, we work from the assertion that surgery is a last resort. Regardless of whether traditional surgery or MISS is the method in question, non-invasive therapies should always be employed first.
It’s often the case that surgery can be avoided entirely, when non-invasive treatments are applied. Following diagnosis using state-of-the-art testing methods, our team here will always explore conservative methodologies before recommending any surgical intervention.
If, after 6 to 12 months, your pain still doesn’t subside, it’s only then that the team at Progressive will talk to you about the various surgical options available, specific to your pain issue.
Progressive Spine is a focused facility, specializing in the care and treatment of conditions affecting the spine. Our team of specialists is highly trained in advanced diagnostic protocols, complex care and surgical solutions for all types of back pain.
At Progressive, our mission is to relieve pain by the least invasive method possible. We seek the treatment model best adapted to individual patient need.
Contact us to talk about minimally invasive surgery.