If you’re like most people, you shudder at the thought of spine surgery. But know this: Most spine surgeries done by the team at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine are outpatient procedures that allow you to go home the same day. If you struggle with back or neck pain that doesn’t improve with conservative treatment, don’t wait to learn about minimally invasive spine surgery. Call the nearest office in Chevy Chase or Greenbelt, Maryland, or book an appointment online today.
Minimally invasive spine surgery, also called endoscopic spine surgery, is defined by using tiny incisions and specialized instruments that fit through the incision. By comparison, open spine surgery is performed using one long incision.
The key instrument used during minimally invasive surgery is an endoscope, a long, narrow device that provides lighting and holds a camera. The camera sends high-definition images to a monitor, allowing your surgeon at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine to see the surgical area and do your procedure.
Minimally invasive surgery causes significantly less trauma and may be done using mild sedation or a local anesthesia. As a result, you have:
In addition to a small incision, there’s another reason you have less pain and recover quickly: Your surgeon doesn’t cut your muscles. Instead, they use a tubular retractor to gently separate the muscle fibers.
The retractor creates an opening that’s large enough for the surgical instruments. When your surgery is finished, the retractor is removed and your muscles naturally return to their normal position.
Surgery is seldom the first treatment option. If you suffer a fracture or other severe injury, you may need immediate surgery. In most cases, however, your doctor only recommends spine surgery after you’ve tried conservative therapies and they haven’t improved your pain.
The team at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine performs most spine surgeries using minimally invasive techniques, including:
An endoscopic discectomy is the least invasive procedure to remove part or all of a herniated disc in your back or neck.
You may have one of several procedures to decompress spinal nerves that are pinched because of a problem with your spine. For example, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease often compress nerves.
A discectomy is one type of procedure that decompresses the spine. Other minimally invasive options include a laminectomy, laminotomy, foraminotomy, and laminaplasty. These procedures remove different parts of the bone to give the nerves more space.
After you have spinal decompression or a disc removed, you may need a spinal fusion to restore stability to your spine.
If you have questions about spine surgery, or you need help with back or neck pain, call or book an appointment online today.