Experienced, New York spinal cord surgeon explains the medical benefits
Minimally-invasive spine surgery (MISS) has become increasingly common in recent years to treat a wide range of spinal cord issues. One of the reasons why such spinal cord surgical procedures have become more common has to do with technological advances, which allow surgeons to perform such procedures on patients.
But exactly is minimally-invasive spinal cord surgery? Why are such procedures performed? And what are the benefits? Our experienced, New York minimally-invasive spine surgeons at Island Musculoskeletal Care (IMC Bone Doc) realize many people have a lot of questions about MISS procedures. That’s why we created to guide to help people better understand their options.
What is minimally-invasive spine surgery?
Unlike traditional spinal cord surgical procedures (often called open surgery), minimally invasive spine surgery is a less invasive form of surgery. Instead of making a large incision in the back, smaller incisions are made and small surgical instruments are used during such procedures.
What are common reasons for performing minimally-invasive spine surgery?
There are many reasons why surgeons recommend minimally-invasive spine surgery. Some of the reasons why include:
- Herniated disc
- Spinal deformities (including scoliosis)
- Fractured vertebra
- Tumor in the spine
- Infection in the spine
Each case is unique. Different patients often present different medical challenges. That’s why it’s important to consult with a surgeon when trying to decide which procedure might be right for your spinal cord injury or issue.
What are common minimally-invasive spinal cord surgical procedures?
While no two medical conditions are ever exactly alike, there are certain minimally-invasive surgical procedures which are often performed to address a wide range of spinal cord injuries and illnesses. Such procedures include:
- Lumbar Diskectomy
- Lumbar Fusion
These are just small sampling of the wide range of MISS performed by our New York spinal cord surgeons. After one of our doctors evaluates you, we can recommend which surgical procedure makes the most sense for your specific medical issue.
What are the benefits of minimally-invasive spinal surgery?
There are many reasons why people choose minimally-invasive spinal surgery over traditional open surgery. Some of the reasons why include:
- Shorter recovery time compared to traditional spine surgery.
- Less scar tissue.
- Less risk of infection.
- Less blood loss during surgery.
Risks associated with surgery vary from one patient to another. Depending on your age, general health and other risk factors, minimally-invasive spine surgery may be the best option for you.
How do I know if I need minimally-invasive spine surgery?
The only way to truly know if you need minimally-invasive spine surgery and if such a procedure makes the most sense for you is to have a skilled surgeon examine you and evaluate your medical condition. One of our New York spinal cord surgeons at IMC Bone Doc can diagnose what’s wrong with you and explain different treatment options available to you. Schedule an appointment today at one of our seven, New York locations.