Minimally Invasive Surgery: The Future of Spine Care

Minimally Invasive Surgery: The Future of Spine Care

The tools and techniques used in spine surgeries have advanced significantly in the last two decades. Since its inception in the early 1990s, minimally invasive spine surgery has paved the way for doctors and patients to find a less painful spine surgery solution with little-to-no downtime, at a much lower cost.

The medical team at American Spine is committed to providing patients with the best possible solution to spine pain. That’s why we sincerely believe in this form of surgery.

So, why are we hailing minimally invasive surgery as “the future of spine care”? Simple. In addition to providing patients with a quicker recovery time at a lower cost, the procedure significantly decreases the risk of iatrogenic injury (illness or injury caused by medical treatment).

In a study conducted by Dr. Peyman Pakzaban at Houston MicroNeurosurgery, the incident of infection for patients undergoing a MIS surgery was 0.6% versus 4% for those having an open-spine surgery. Furthermore, the institution was able to estimate $98,974 per 100 MIS cases related to infection avoidance was saved.

Talk about a progressive procedure!

For those new to MIS surgery, the operation uses a retractor (a tool that pulls open an incision) with a fluoroscope (a device that projects the patient’s spine on a monitor) to remove or repair damaged bone. Unlike open spine surgery, the incision needed for MIS surgery is usually less than 3 inches, which minimizes the chance for damage to muscles surrounding the opening.

In addition to advancements in MIS surgery, the process of healing from procedures and other injures has seen significant improvements. The specialists at American Spine provide patients with platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, which promote healing to injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. 

PRP injections are prepared from tubes of a patient’s blood with a sterile product. Once centrifuged, activated platelets are injected into the affected tissue, delivering growth factors that recruit and increase the proliferation of reparative cells.

Whether you’re looking for a quick fix or permanent solution for managing pain, American Spine is here to provide an effective treatment option. Stop trying to push through your pain symptoms, and call us 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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