Minimally Invasive/Endoscopic Surgery
Our surgical team practices the most advanced surgical techniques available today and, whenever possible, utilizes minimally invasive spine surgery to speed recovery, lower risk, reduce pain, and prevent damage to healthy tissue. We conduct a thorough examination and supervise extensive testing for each of our patients to determine which, if any, of these procedures would be beneficial for them.
Minimally invasive spine surgery can be done on the lumbar or cervical spine and effectively corrects problems with far less trauma to surrounding tissues than traditional or “open” surgery, in which a large incision is made. Access is gained via small incisions of less than an inch — cuts so small, damage to surrounding muscles and other tissues is minimized. The procedure is performed using an endoscope — a slim tube with a tiny camera — that is inserted through the incision and conveys detailed video images of the spine. Small instruments are slipped through a tunnel-like access portal to remove herniated discs.
While endoscopic microdiscectomy is not appropriate for all situations, more and more spine procedures can be performed this way to the benefit of patients. For example, patients can leave the hospital four hours after a discectomy is performed to remove a herniated disc, a much quicker release time than with traditional surgery.
Endoscopic fusion is a minimally invasive form of spinal fusion that can be used to correct degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, and other disorders of the spine.
To perform endoscopic fusion, our surgical team inserts an endoscope through a small incision into the body. An endoscope, a camera positioned at the end of a slim tube that magnifies and illuminates the area of surgery onto a screen, provides us with an enlarged view of the operating field.
Endoscopic fusion surgery also utilizes a tunnel-like access portal, through which small surgical instruments are inserted. This allows us to reach the site and perform the spinal fusion surgery with minimal disturbance of the surrounding tissue. Instead of a traditionally much larger incision, only several small incisions, each about one to two inches in length, are required.
This minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery method reduces patient trauma associated with traditional open surgery by minimizing muscle trauma, scarring, and blood loss. The process preserves healthy muscle and soft tissue and reduces post-operative pain and recovery time. Patients can leave the hospital more quickly, with less pain, and return to their normal daily routines within weeks.