Do You Need Major Spine Surgery? Maybe not!

Do You Need Major Spine Surgery? Maybe not!Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints. In fact, 80% of adults have back pain at some point in their life. Back pain can be acute, meaning it comes on suddenly. It can also be chronic, like a dull aching pain that lasts for months. Some patients also experience leg pain or radiculopathy in addition to their back pain. Rest, physical therapy, medication and pain injections are recommended treatment options for back pain and radiculopathy. When conservative treatments are no longer effective, it may be time to consider surgery.

Minimally invasive spine surgery can be used by surgeons to treat many conditions. It has been used successfully in spine procedures since the 1990s.Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a surgical technique where special instruments are used to gain access to your spine through small incisions. This differs from the open procedures which typically involved large incisions. MIS techniques decrease operative time and spare surrounding muscle and tissue from trauma which results in many benefits.

Benefits of MIS Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive certainly sound less scary than a traditional or “open” procedure. Here are some of the ways it differs from traditional open procedures.

  • Shorter operative time
  • Reduced risk of blood loss
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • MIS helps to preserve muscle and surrounding tissue
  • Decreased post-operative pain
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Smaller incision means a smaller scar

Are You a Candidate for MIS Surgery?

Today, many spine procedures can be done with small incisions but ultimately it will depend on your specific symptoms and diagnosis. Dr. David Raskas, our spine specialist, is confident in MIS surgical techniques,”I’ve been using minimally invasive techniques for spine surgery for 9 years now with excellent results. Patients recover faster and most go home within 24 hours.”

Contact us to find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery. We will evaluate your individual caseand make recommendations regarding the best approach for treatment. We do our very best to ensure all our patients have a successful outcome.

Orthopedic Sports Medicine & Spine Care Institute is a comprehensive, premier team of specialists dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, habilitation and prevention of sports and orthopedic injuries and conditions. Our team is dedicated to improving the quality of life for our patients and their families.

Orthopedic Sports Medicine & Spine Care Institute is a comprehensive, premier team of specialists dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, habilitation and prevention of sports and orthopedic injuries and conditions. Our team is dedicated to improving the quality of life for our patients and their families.