Your spine has the most nerve structures responsible for the effective functioning of various body parts. This complicates issues affecting your spine as they can affect multiple systems in your body, including movement. Dr. Robert Ayer Bethlehem is a renowned neurosurgery specialist with expertise in minimally invasive approaches. These approaches and all they involve are highlighted below.
What is minimally invasive spinal neurosurgery?
This surgery is used to deal with issues of the spine. The goal of MIS is to minimize the amount of tissue damage and minimize the risk of complications. MIS techniques can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
MIS techniques can be used to access the spine through a variety of approaches, including:
- Anterior approach
- Posterior approach
- Transforaminal approach
MIS techniques can be performed using a variety of instruments, including:
- Navigation systems
MIS surgery is typically performed using a microscope or an endoscope. An endoscope is a small camera inserted into the body through a small incision. The surgeon can now see the spine and the surrounding structures and use small instruments to treat the condition.
There are several advantages of minimally invasive surgery over traditional open surgery. First, MIS techniques allow for smaller incisions, which results in minor tissue damage. Second, MIS techniques often allow for shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery. Finally, minimally invasive surgery often results in less scarring and pain for the patient.
Minimally invasive surgery has been used in a variety of spinal neurosurgical procedures. MIS techniques have been developed for both the lumbar and cervical spine, including:
- Lumbar disc herniation surgery is a common type of minimally invasive spine surgery. A small cut is created in the lower back, and a herniated disc is removed.
- Laminectomy is another minimally invasive spine surgery. A small cut is created in the lower back, and the lamina (a bony structure that covers the spinal cord) is removedMicrodiscectomy: This procedure is used to treat herniated discs. A small incision is made in the skin, and a microscope is used to remove the herniated disc.
- Spinal fusion surgery is a minimally invasive spine surgery used to treat various conditions, including spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc disease. In this operation, a small incision is made in the lower back, and the vertebrae are fused. This surgery is an outpatient operation, and patients can usually go home the same day.
MIS surgery can also be used to treat tumors of the spine.
The risks of MIS surgery are similar to the risks of any surgery. These risks include infection, bleeding, and blood clots. There is also a risk of nerve damage. The risks of MIS surgery are generally lower than the risks of traditional open surgery.
If you are considering MIS surgery, it is crucial to find a surgeon who is experienced in performing this type of surgery. MIS surgery is a relatively new type of surgery, and not all surgeons are experienced in performing this type of surgery. For the best MIS neurosurgery, contact our offices in Bethlehem, GA.