Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

 

When surgery is called upon to correct a patient’s spinal condition, we make it a priority to utilize minimally invasive spine surgery whenever possible. At Frisco Spine, our multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, physiatrists, and physical therapists emphasizes conservative management of spinal conditions. Though we always are open to surgical treatment, we believe that non-surgical treatments should first be considered. In many cases, non-surgical treatments – such as injection therapy, physical therapy, medications, and nerve blocks – are sufficient to alleviating pain and discomfort; however, if surgery is necessary, our team has the experience and expertise needed to provide quality care. If you are experiencing neck or back pain, please contact our spine center in Frisco, Texas today. We are conveniently situated for residents of Carrollton, McKinney, Denton, and nearby communities.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery is an alternative to traditional spine surgery, and was developed specifically to allow quicker recovery, less disruption to muscle and soft tissues, and less risk of blood loss; however, we still recommend minimally invasive spine surgery only after more conservative, non-surgical options have been exhausted and shown not to have an appreciable impact on back and neck pain. If we are confident that minimally invasive surgery will produce results equal or superior to traditional surgery, and you are a good candidate for the procedure, we will always employ the less invasive treatment method.

The Procedure

Typically, minimally invasive spine surgery involves the use of an endoscope, or tiny camera, which is inserted through small incisions in the back (while the patient is under either general or local anesthesia). This endoscope provides access to the spine and individual vertebrae without necessitating a large five- to six-inch incision, as traditional surgery would. The camera allows surgeons to have an inside view of the treatment area, and enables them to perform necessary treatment “remotely” by manipulating the appropriate tools via camera. Through this technique, our team can expedite the treatment process, minimize risk, and greatly reduce the impact on surrounding tissue. Because of the small incisions which are utilized for this treatment, the procedure is sometimes referred to as “keyhole surgery.” In some cases, minimally invasive spine surgery at Frisco Spine can be performed as an outpatient procedure. If a hospital stay is required, it typically is for no more than 24 hours.

Benefits

There are a number of benefits afforded by minimally invasive spine surgery. At our Frisco spine center, we greatly prefer this method over traditional surgery because it offers so many clear advantages, including:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less visible scarring
  • Less disruption or damage to muscle and soft tissue
  • Less muscle retraction
  • Less risk for blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Reduced need for postoperative pain medication
  • Quicker treatment
  • Quicker recovery
  • Outpatient surgery (typically)

Traditional spine surgery can require a person to stay in the hospital for as many as five days, and postoperative recovery can take months. With minimally invasive spine surgery – which can be used to treat a range of conditions, including degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, scoliosis, vertebral compression fractures, stenosis, and spinal instability – the time required for treatment and recovery is drastically reduced.

Learn More about Your Options

If you suffer from back or neck pain, we can provide effective treatment and improve your quality of life. Minimally invasive spine surgery allows the team at Frisco Spine to mitigate many of the risks associated with surgical care and promote a faster, safer recovery. Through a thorough evaluation of your condition, we can determine whether you would make a good candidate for treatment. To schedule a consultation, please contact Frisco Spine today.