Traditional methods of spine surgery are done as “open” surgeries. Meaning long incisions are used to allow surgeons easy access to surrounding anatomy. With the advanced in medical technology and surgical disciplines “open” surgery has given way to minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Spinal fusion is one such example of a minimally invasive procedure offered by Advanced Spine and Pain. Because the procedure is minimally invasive our surgeon needs only to make half inch(1/2”) to one inch (1”) incisions, thus avoiding muscle damage to the surrounding spine.
This outpatient surgery is done by making a very small incision in the side, back, or neck to allow access to the necessary area. Then the surgeon begins mending spine bones together through the use of small screws and rods.
Advanced Spine and Pain surgeons may perform MIS fusion to treat spinal stenosis, injuries of the spine, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, a weak/unstable spine, or a herniated disc. The results of Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion (anteriorly, posteriorly, or laterally) surgery are generally excellent. Most patients are noted to have a significant & rapid improvement and to return to many, if not all, of their normal daily activities.