Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons & Neurosurgeons located in Hollywood, FL, Coral Gables, FL, & Boca Raton, FL
Minimally invasive spinal surgery offers rapid relief for spine issues, with a faster return to full function than traditional surgery. At Spine Solutions in Hollywood, Boca Raton, and Coral Gables, Florida, the accomplished orthopedic surgeons, including Behnam Myers, DO, MPH, and Howard Levene, MD, PhD, use the most cutting-edge techniques to perform minimally invasive spine surgery. Learn how this approach can end your spine issues by calling the nearest office or schedule an appointment online now.
Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery Q&A
What is minimally invasive spinal surgery?
Traditional spine surgery methods require an extended-length incision and significant damage to the muscles and other tissues around your spine. Minimally invasive spine surgery takes a far less damaging approach using small incisions and special surgical tools.
The minimally invasive approach is faster, safer, less painful, and leaves much smaller scars. You’ll also have a much shorter recovery.
In most cases, Spine Solutions surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery on an outpatient basis.
Which spine problems does minimally invasive spinal surgery treat?
Minimally invasive spine surgery involves correcting defects or problems within your spine. It commonly focuses on the vertebrae, discs, or spinal canal. Some of the conditions commonly treated this way include:
- Disc herniation
- Disc degeneration (degenerative disc disease)
- Spinal stenosis
- Vertebral compression fractures
- Spinal infections
- Spinal tumors and cancer
- Pinched nerves
- Craniocervical instability
Most spine problems respond favorably to minimally invasive spine surgery. However, a small percentage of procedures may require an open surgical approach.
What are the different types of minimally invasive spinal surgery?
Some of the most common procedures include:
- Lumbar discectomy
- Artificial disc (disc replacement)
- Lumbar laminectomy
- Lumbar interbody fusion
- Cervical corpectomy
- Cervical discectomy with fusion
- Lumbar interspinous spacer (spacer insertion)
- Lumbar interbody fusion
- Sacroiliac joint fusion
Some procedures are combinations of others. For example, a cervical discectomy with fusion involves removing a disc and replacing it with a bone graft or prosthetic material. This allows the vertebrae to fuse over time.
What is the process for minimally invasive spinal surgery?
In minimally invasive surgery, your surgeon creates a tiny incision. Then, if possible, they use an endoscope — a slender tube that holds a camera and bright light — to see your spine from the inside on a nearby video monitor.
Your surgeon uses specialized instruments to perform your procedure, including tools that hold surrounding tissue out of the way so they can avoid cutting muscles unnecessarily. In some cases, they may use a laser to perform your procedure.
The specifics of each surgery may vary, but all minimally invasive spine surgeries focus on your comfort and excellent results.
Book your minimally invasive spine surgery consultation by calling Spine Solutions or scheduling an appointment online today.
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