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 neurosurgeons Dr. Bindal, Dr. Park, and Dr. Wang are pioneers in introducing these techniques to the area and are leaders in minimally invasive spine 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. Dr. Park has fellowship training in minimally invasive spine surgery and is a leader in this technique. Dr. Wang has experience with complex spinal surgery from his training at University of California, San Francisco.
Difference from Open Surgery
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.
Conditions Treated with Minimally Invasive 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.
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 often return to work within two weeks after operation. Patients undergoing minimally invasive laminectomy for lumbar stenosis usually only stay overnight in the hospital, even if elderly.
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.
Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Consultation in Houston, TX
If you’re considering minimally invasive spine surgery then contact Texas Spine & Neurosurgery Center today to set up your consultation – (281) 313-0031.
Spine and brain specialists Dr. Bindal, Dr. Park, and Dr. Wang are equipped with the latest technology and advanced neurosurgical techniques so you can get back to work and back to enjoying your life.