5 benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery
Choosing to embark on the journey of getting your life back is not the easiest decision to make. Many factors come into play when deciding if surgery is right for you. Once you have chosen to look into surgery you may find yourself wondering whether the traditional surgical path is really the best option out there.
Although the decision is hard, being educated about your options can be the difference between getting your life back and suffering through an unnecessarily long recovery, which is why we have compiled these five benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery.
Smaller incision, more muscle sparing. Minimally invasive spine surgery lives up to its name. In some cases with less than an inch incision, patients experience less scarring than a traditional open back surgery. Traditional procedures often leave patients with incisions from four to seven inches in length, which means an increased recovery. Make sure to ask your physician what they consider to be minimally invasive to ensure that you receive a muscle sparing procedure.
Shorter recovery time. Recovering from surgery may seem like no easy feat, but with minimally invasive spine surgery your recovery can be a lot easier. Patients who undergo this type of procedure generally return to their daily routines within a few weeks. Because there is no cutting of the muscles, the recovery is much less taxing on the body. Recovery instructions usually include lifting restrictions and walking regimens. With traditional open back surgery, the recovery can take upward of six months, including hours of physical therapy and pain management.
Lower infection rate. Hospitals are host to many different patients undergoing treatment for different ailments and illnesses. By lessening the invasiveness of the procedure patients are more likely to spend less time in the hospital after surgery. Minimally invasive surgery can also be done in an outpatient setting – significantly lowering the chance of infection altogether.
Targets specific problem area. Traditional back surgery includes levels of the spine that are healthy— often further damaging the spine. The minimally invasive approach allows the surgeon to target the specific area of the spine that is causing the pain without causing collateral damage to healthy parts of the spine.
Less blood loss. The smaller the surgical incision, the lower the chance of significant blood loss. Surgical procedures requiring lower blood loss reduce the need for blood transfusion or plasma replacements therefore reducing the chance of contracting aids or hepatitis.
Regardless of the option that you choose, it is important to make an informed decision that is right for you.