Minimally invasive spine surgery is a less invasive surgical technique that doesn’t require a long incision. This procedure dramatically reduces the amount of damage inflicted on the muscles surrounding the spine during surgery.
In addition to inflicting less damage on the muscles surrounding the spine, minimally invasive spine surgery also results in a faster recovery and less pain after the procedure. Because a long incision isn’t required for this procedure, scarring is less extensive as well. Patients who have minimally invasive spine surgery won’t stay in the hospital as long as those who have traditional open surgery.
Dr. Henry uses minimally invasive spine surgery to perform a variety of procedures that once required open surgery, including spinal fusion, decompression, and others. However, some complex procedures may still require a traditional approach.
Patients must typically be hospitalized for minimally invasive spine surgery. However, the amount of time spent in a hospital after this type of surgery will be much shorter than it would be for an open surgery. Depending on the type of surgery, the patient may be able to return home on the same day of procedure, or the patient may need to stay at the hospital for 2-3 days after the procedure.
The recovery period will vary from one patient to the next. Some patients are able to resume their normal activities after only 6 weeks. However, others will require a longer period of recovery. Physical therapy can enhance and expedite the recovery process.
Following minimally invasive spine surgery, some patients are able to return to work within as little as 1-2 weeks. However, patients who have more physically-demanding jobs and/or had more extensive procedures may not be able to return to work as quickly.
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