What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and How Does it Help?

The term "minimally invasive" pertains to surgical techniques that use small incisions and the least amount of impact to the patient as possible. Traditional "open back" spine surgeries pose certain risks due to the methods used to reach the part of the back or neck that requires attention, while minimally invasive spine surgery uses techniques designed to target the affected area of the spine without significant disruption to muscles and other tissues. If you feel you could be suffering from a painful spine condition that requires minimally invasive spine surgery, take the first step to finding relief using our free interactive assessment below.

Do I Need Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery is an option for individuals who have exhausted conservative treatments without success, including physical therapy, injections, and medication. In addition, surgery is only considered if your doctor can pinpoint the exact source of your pain, such as a herniated disk or spinal stenosis. Conditions that indicate a need for minimally invasive spine surgery are generally the same as those for traditional open surgery, including:
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Herniated Disc
  • Disc Degeneration
  • Bulging Disc
Minimally invasive spine surgery techniques involve very small incisions , as well as limited blood loss and tissue damage. This means recovery from most minimally invasive surgery is relatively fast. At C3 Spine, our minimally invasive spine surgeries can be completed as an outpatient procedure, which allows many patients to return home the same day. You don't need to live in pain.

Am I A Candidate for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

When you are in pain and experiencing symptoms that impact your daily life, you want relief and recovery—fast. For many patients, the solution is minimally invasive spine surgery. If you are in pain and conservative treatments aren't working, the experts at the C3 Spine can help find the right next step for your condition. Common conditions that can be treated by minimally invasive spine surgery include:
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Herniated Disc
  • Disc Degeneration
  • Bulging Disc
  • Spinal deformities such as scoliosis
  • Spinal instability
  • Fractured vertebra
  • Spinal tumors
  • Infection in the spine
With minimally invasive spine surgery, a process called tubular retraction is used rather than the invasive process of traditional "open back" spine surgery involving the pulling and retracting muscles to reach the affected area of the spine. This allows for faster healing and recovery. Patients who undergo minimally invasive spine surgery often benefit from less blood loss during surgery, faster post-operative healing (since incisions are smaller), and less soft tissue damage. Some patients also experience less scarring and a better ability to actively participate in physical therapy sessions during recovery. Every person's condition is unique, but generally, patients who are suffering from chronic moderate to severe pain and are not finding relief from conservative treatments can be considered for minimally invasive spine surgery. Candidates for minimally invasive spine surgery are also in good overall health, including healthy weight.  

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