Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery has a Lower Infection Rate than Open Spinal Surgery

Review of Shousha M, et al.: Infection rate after minimally invasive noninstrumented spinal surgery based on 4350 procedures. Spine 40(3):201-5, 2015.

The study was a review of 4350 minimally invasive spinal surgeries performed between 1998 and 2013. All surgeries were performed with a tubular retractor system and a microscope, the same technique used by the surgeons at the Texas Spine and Neurosurgery Center. Most surgeries were performed in the lumbar spine for degenerative disease, similar to our experiences. Only four infections were identified for an infection rate of 0.09%. All four patients were successfully treated using conventional techniques. This rate is significantly lower than the rate of infection for open spinal surgery. This is further confirmation that minimally invasive spinal surgery is associated with less risk than open spinal surgery.

At the Texas Spine and Neurosurgery Center, your neurosurgeons specialize in minimally invasive spinal surgery, including micro-lumbar discectomy. This technique results in less tissue destruction, less pain, a smaller incision, and quicker recovery than traditional, open spinal surgery. We perform more minimally invasive spine surgeries than any other practice in the entire region. If you are seeking a surgeon who is an expert in spinal surgery, including minimally invasive spinal surgery, call (281) 313-0031 now and make an appointment with one of our neurosurgeons.

By Rajesh K. Bindal, M.D.