For those patients who require surgery, we typically perform minimally invasive surgery.
Older, “open” procedures strip the muscle off the spine during the surgery. This damages the spinal muscles, sometimes permanently. It takes longer for the muscles to recover following the surgery.
In minimally invasive spine surgery, we perform the surgery through a narrow tube. This spreads the muscle apart, rather than stripping it off the bone. The muscle recovers more quickly.
In addition, we use a CAT scanner in the operating room. This helps guide us directly to the problem area.
We can then get a CAT scan to “check our work.” The patient does not leave the operating room until we are sure the surgical result is perfect.
Minimally invasive spine surgery gets the job done precisely without unnecessary muscle and tissue damage.
This means patients often go home the day of surgery or the following day, rather than staying in the hospital for several days.
A faster recovery allows people to get back to enjoying life more quickly and more fully.
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