Minimally invasive spinal procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, although, in some cases, the surgeon may require a short hospital stay.
By: Natasha Morgan
While 65 million Americans suffer from lower back pain, not all of them require surgery. Conservative treatment, such as physical therapy, pain medication, or bracing should be undergone before surgery is considered.
However, if pain persists after an appropriate period of conservative treatment, your doctor may consider surgical options.
Although not suitable in all cases, minimally invasive spine surgery can benefit many back pain sufferers including those with spinal disorders, such as degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, fractures, tumors, infections, instability and deformity. Only your doctor can determine the best course of treatment for you.
A huge benefit of minimally invasive spinal procedure is that it can be performed on an outpatient basis. Although, in some cases, the surgeon may require a hospital stay, typically less than 24 hours to 2 days, depending on the procedure. This is still a significant reduction of time spent in hospital compared to undergoing traditional open lumbar (back) surgery.
Other Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery:
* Smaller incision, resulting in a smaller scar
* Reduced trauma to surrounding muscles, tissues and organs
* Reduced pain, requiring less postoperative narcotics
* Shorter recovery time
* Less blood loss during surgery
* Reduced risk of infection
Minimally invasive spine surgery has been performed since the 1980’s but technical advancements have enabled spine surgeons to treat many different spinal disorders. Although a large percentage of patients experience significant pain relief, surgery always has its risks. Consultation with a qualified surgeon will reveal your personal risk factors and determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.
For more information on spine surgery, visit the So Cal Pain Center.
So Cal Pain Management Centers specializes in treating difficult back conditions using pain psychology and minimally invasive techniques.
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