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Which type of spine surgery has a greater success rate?

Each type of back surgery comes with its own risks and benefits, with spinal fusion being the most commonly performed. The chance of success depends on your specific problem, your health, your medical history, and your everyday habits.

The most frequently performed spine procedures at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital

Benefits and success rate of spinal surgery

Spinal fusion surgery can provide your spine more stability due to the vertebrae being joined by a bone graft to solidify the newly formed bone compound. However, while it has a high success rate and can also reduce back pain, spinal fusion does not ensure immediate results.

Minimally invasive spine surgery was first performed in the 1980s and was developed as an alternative to traditional open surgery in order to treat disorders with less disruption to the muscles. Contrary to open surgery, MIS requires only a small incision. Thus, the patients experience less blood loss and quicker recovery, returning to normal function in a shorter period of time.

The technological advancements of recent years have facilitated the trust in minimally invasive surgical techniques, as opposed to more traditional approaches, demonstrated by numerous factors that prove efficacy and convenience.

Although minimally invasive spine surgery has many advantages that open surgery does not provide, its potential benefits should always be weighed carefully against its risks. A large percentage of patients who had MIS reported significant symptom and pain relief, but there is no guarantee that surgery can help every individual.


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