What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Minimally invasive spine surgery has been developed as an effective technique for the treatment of spinal conditions. The technique involves smaller incisions and less blood loss, resulting in faster recovery. Houston neurosurgeon Dr. Bindal is a pioneer in introducing these techniques to the area and is a leader in minimally invasive back surgery in Texas. Dr. Bindal performed the first minimally invasive spinal decompression and first minimally invasive lumbar fusion in Fort Bend County. He has published extensively on techniques to improve the safety of these new techniques.
Minimally invasive spine surgery generally involves using a tubular retractor to gain access to the spine. A microscope and specially designed surgical instruments are then used to perform the operation. In standard spine surgery, a cut is made in the skin, and muscles are stripped off from the spine to expose the area. Cutting of the muscles off the spine can cause increased pain compared to simply splitting the muscles. The use of tubular retractors in minimally invasive spine surgery splits the muscles, reducing muscle injury. The incisions in minimally invasive spine surgery are often smaller than those required for open surgery. Due to the more precise nature of the surgery, blood loss is also often less. Hospital stays are generally shorter. All of these factors often result in a faster recovery and less post-operative pain than possible with standard open spine surgery.
What Are Some Conditions Treated with Minimally Invasive Back Surgery Techniques?
Minimally invasive spine surgery can be used to treat a variety of conditions. This type of surgery is often most appropriate for conditions of the lumbar spine. Minimally invasive spine surgery techniques are often used in herniated disc treatments through microlumbar discectomy. Such surgery is often performed on an outpatient basis. Spinal stenosis treatment is also addressed in a minimally invasive way through lumbar laminectomy. Spinal stenosis often occurs in elderly patients. Due to the less traumatic nature of minimally invasive spine surgery, we have found the technique to be very safe even in patients in their 80's. Conditions such as instability or spondylolisthesis may require lumbar fusion. Lumbar fusion or transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) can also be performed with minimally invasive techniques. Patients with spinal fractures from osteoporosis, tumors, or trauma may benefit from kyphoplasty. This involves injection of cement in to the broken bone to strengthen it. This surgery is also performed with a minimally invasive technique.
Not all patients and not all conditions can be treated via a minimally invasive approach. Your surgeon at the Texas Spine & Neurosurgery Center will discuss your condition with you at the time of your consultation and inform you if surgery is appropriate at all. If surgery is appropriate, he will discuss whether a minimally invasive technique may be an option.
What is The Recovery and Treatment for Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery?
Due to the more precise nature of the surgery, blood loss is also often less. Hospital stays are generally shorter. All of these factors often result in a faster recovery and less post-operative pain than possible with standard open spine surgery. Patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery to treat sciatica or a spinal herniated disc may often be able to go home the same day they have surgery, as the procedure is often done on an outpatient basis. Patients having sciatica treatment often return to work within two weeks after the operation. Patients undergoing minimally invasive laminectomy for lumbar stenosis usually only stay overnight in the hospital, even if elderly. Due to the less traumatic nature of minimally invasive spine surgery, we have found the technique to be very safe even in patients in their 80s.
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