Frequently Asked Questions: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgeries use endoscopic techniques to fashion a small video camera and instruments through small incisions in the back, chest, or abdomen. The surgeon is able to access the spine through the small incision and perform the surgery by using a monitor with the spinal workings projected on.

At American Spine, we specialize in minimally invasive techniques. Endoscopic surgery was first introduced in the late 1970s and has since advanced to treat spinal disorders with exactness and precision.

Before minimally invasive procedures, surgeons used invasive surgeries, which involve longer hospital stays, longer recovery times, and have a higher risk of infection. Because minimally invasive spine surgery has recently been adopted by many practices around the world, some patients have lingering questions. American Spine took the four most common questions and provide answers for our patients.

  1. When should I consider surgery? At our practice, we hope that non-operative treatments can correct a spine condition and relieve patients’ pain. However, if these therapies are unsuccessful within a six to twelve month period, surgical intervention may be considered. Some spinal conditions that may be improved with surgery include spinal stenosis, sciatica, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, or herniated disc.
  2. How long will I be in the hospital? Minimally invasive procedures usually require half the hospital stay that invasive procedures require. For an endoscopic discectomy, patients are able to leave the same day shortly following their surgery. For a more rigorous surgery such as spinal fusion, the patient is usually required to stay in the hospital for two to three days after surgery.
  3. How long is recovery/ when can I return to work? Each surgery requires a different recovery time. Some patients are back to their normal routines within six weeks, while other patients spend three months recovering. Physical therapy can vastly impact your recovery time. Patients can decide when they are able to get back to work. Depending on what kind of physical demands are required of you, a patient can return to work anywhere from two to six weeks.

A doctor will conduct exams and imaging analysis to determine if a minimally invasive spine surgery will help the patient. For more information on minimally invasive procedures at American Spine, contact a staff member today!

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246)

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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