The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care
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What You Should Know About Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Before surgeons were able to use minimally invasive techniques on the spine, patients endured extensive surgeries and long recovery periods. Now, however, an increasing number of neck and back surgeries can be performed with these advanced techniques. If you’ve been experiencing persistent, severe back pain, you can consult an orthopedic surgeon to find out if minimally invasive back surgery is right for you.


There are many advantages to having minimally invasive spine surgery as opposed to traditional open surgery. During an open surgery, the doctor creates a five-to six-inch incision and pulls the muscles to the side to access the spine. This major adjustment of the muscles can inflict soft tissue damage. Patients who undergo open spine surgery typically have more pain and a longer recovery time as a result. In contrast, minimally invasive surgery involves creating small incisions, which minimizes soft tissue damage. With minimally invasive back surgery, patients may experience less pain, less bleeding, and a shorter recovery time.


Many different spine surgeries can be performed with minimally invasive techniques. For example, an orthopedic surgeon could perform a lumbar discectomy or a posterior cervical discectomy with this approach. Discectomies are procedures to address disc herniation. Surgeons can also perform spinal fusion procedures with minimally invasive techniques.


Although there may be a reduced risk of complications with minimally invasive approaches, it’s important for patients to be aware that complications may still occur. These potential complications may include infections, bleeding, and nerve damage. Patients may rarely experience persistent pain at the surgical site or a recurrence of the symptoms the surgery was intended to resolve. Patients who smoke may be more likely to develop pseudoarthrosis after spine surgery. Any individual who is immobile for long periods of time after a surgery may be at risk of developing blood clots in the legs, which may break free and travel to vital organs.

Before you undergo minimally invasive back surgery at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care, our orthopedic surgeon will thoroughly answer all of your questions about the procedure and your recovery. At our offices for spine surgery in New Jersey and New York, our staff provides a personalized approach to patient care. Call (887) 854-8274 or visit us on the Web to find out more.

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