If you are faced with chronic back pain or sudden spinal issues due to a traumatic injury, you need an intensive treatment plan to help decrease your discomfort and get you back on your feet. At Yashar Neurosurgery, many of our patients are worried about the idea of having spine surgery in Los Angeles. Fortunately, there are very low-risk and minimally invasive procedures available.
Below, you can learn more about the lowest risk spine surgery options and the benefits of a corrective spine procedure with your specialist.
About Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Most spinal surgery goes through an open surgery process, which involves a large incision in the back. Sometimes, tissue and muscles need removal. Minimally invasive spine surgery, also known as MISS, only involves one small incision and the use of a tube-like tool to create a tunnel under the skin to the area that needs to be operated on.
Surgeons can use smaller tools to perform surgery in a way that has the least amount of scarring and impact on your skin. With the use of x-rays, you can undergo an operation without having to be fully opened up. Depending on your diagnosis, you may be eligible for MISS.
Candidates for Lowest Risk Spine Surgery
Minimally-invasive surgeries pose the lowest risk. Depending on the nature and location of your spinal injury, you might be able to opt for a smaller procedure. You can invest in MISS for conditions such as:
- Spinal infection
- Spinal instability
- Herniated Disc
- Fractures in the vertebra
- Tumor on the spine
While this type of surgery still poses some of the same risks as other surgeries, such as blood clots and excess bleeding, the risks are inherently lower and less likely to cause complications.
Benefits of Low-Risk Spinal Surgery
Many patients enjoy the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery. Not only does the surgery result in a smaller scar due to smaller incisions, but you can benefit from many health perks as well. With less blood loss from the surgery, there is a lower risk that you will get an infection or have a lot of pain.
Not to mention, you will recover faster! You may require less hospitalization and rehabilitation due to your increased recovery times. With less pain and less of a surface area on your back that needs to heal, you can be up and on your feet in record time.
Additional benefits include:
- High probability of an outpatient procedure
- No reliance on pain medications
- No cutting of the muscles in your back
In a small number of cases, a second procedure may prove needed. Patients may require a second MISS or full open surgery to correct whatever issues may be present.
Preparing for MISS
You should plan to meet with your surgeon and your healthcare team before the day of your planned surgery. Then you might need to get some tests and imaging work done beforehand so your surgeon knows exactly what kind of treatment you will need during the procedure.
We will ask that you not to eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours before your procedure. If you notice any symptoms leading up to the day of surgery, get in touch with your doctor right away.
Check Out Your Spinal Surgery Options Today
Get in touch with our experts at the office of Yashar Neurosurgery and find out if you are a good candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery. This approach makes only a small incision in your skin and uses tools to perform the rest of the procedure on the inside. Without the loss of soft tissue and muscle mass, you will find recovery times to be smoother and quicker. Contact us today and call our Los Angeles office to schedule a consultation ASAP.