Minimally invasive spine surgery compares as effectively as open spine surgery, but results in less trauma, shorter recovery times and shorter hospital stays. Instead of traditional large surgical incisions, only small incisions are needed.
Advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery
Faster recovery time than open spine surgery
Less blood loss
Less soft tissue damage
Less pain after surgery
Smaller surgical incisions
Shorter post-operative hospital stay
Open spine surgery
Traditional open spine surgery requires the surgeon to make a 5-6 cm incision and then pull the muscles along the spine to the side to gain the access needed for surgery. Moving the muscle with this technique allows the surgeon to access the area to be treated, but can cause soft tissue damage. This can lead to additional pain after surgery and a longer recovery time.
Minimally invasive spine surgery