Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgeries Help You Recover Fast

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By Robert Watkins IV

Posted on August 28th, 2020 in Spine Center

Recent technological advances have facilitated the treatment of spinal disorders with minimally invasive spine surgery.

Spinal surgeries are recommended only when conservative treatment methods such as medications and physical therapy have failed to relieve your back pain.

Additionally, spinal surgery can be considered only if the exact source of the pain can be located, for instance, in the case of spinal stenosis or herniated disc.

As minimally invasive spine surgery involves small incisions, the tissue damage surrounding the spine is minimal, which in turn results in less postoperative pain and faster recovery.

Spinal Conditions That Can Be Treated With Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery helps to resolve spine problems with minimal injury to the muscles and other structures surrounding the spine as it enables the surgeon to view only that location of the spine where the problem exists. Generally, minimally invasive spine surgery is used to stabilize the vertebral bones, spinal joints, and to relieve the pressure applied on the spinal nerves, often in conditions such as:

  • spinal deformities (scoliosis)
  • herniated disc
  • degenerative disc disease
  • spinal stenosis
  • spinal tumors
  • bone spurs
  • spinal infections
  • vertebral compression fractures
  • spinal instability (spondylolisthesis)

Common spinal surgeries that can be performed through minimally invasive surgical techniques include spinal fusion and lumbar decompression.

Reasons Why Patients Recover Faster After Undergoing Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Typically, the patients who undergo minimally invasive spine surgery tend to recover faster than those who undergo the traditional open method of spine surgery. The patients will need to restrict certain activities for the first six weeks after spine surgery. Most patients will be able to perform normal activities in just six weeks. There are three major reasons for a comparatively shorter recovery period, which include:

  • Smaller incisions require lesser time to heal.
  • Reduced trauma to soft tissues: The muscles protecting the spine do not need to be detached from the bone and then reattached.
  • Lesser postoperative pain because of less soft tissue injury during the surgery.

As the postoperative pain is less severe, most patients can start with physical therapy and recovery programs faster than those who had open surgery.