A recent recommendation for lumbar fusion spine surgery may have you wondering how long you will be in the hospital, if your recovery will take a long time, and how much scar care you will need. The good news is that your doctor may recommend a surgical method known as minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS) that can minimize all three of those experiences, depending on your condition.
MISS has quickly gained popularity for many doctors and their patients because of its minimal surgical approach, and this has proven especially true for lumbar fusion procedures. A broad range of spinal conditions can result in the need for this surgery, including:
These technological advances in MISS procedures have made lumbar fusions a better treatment option for those suffering from spinal conditions—and as an outpatient surgery, they allow patients to get home sooner and recover in a more comfortable setting.
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MISS lumbar fusion procedures differ from traditional surgical approaches because of their goal to keep incision size and spinal exposure to a minimum. Performing surgery in this manner means less healing and recovery time. Another key difference between minimally invasive and traditional operations on the spine are the types of instruments used. Surgeons who perform MISS surgeries can minimize pain by avoiding the disruption of soft tissues around the spine. This also makes this type of procedure faster, safer, and encourages a quicker recovery.
The potential benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery include:
One of the most talked-about features of a minimally invasive lumbar fusion surgery is the smaller incision, but the biggest benefit is the reduced amount of trauma your body endures. Additionally, many patients enjoy returning home the same day to heal in a more familiar setting.
The purpose of any fusion surgery is to join together two or more vertebrae. Your surgeon will also insert bone graft material to stimulate this fusion process, typically packing it into the space left behind after removing an intervertebral disc. You can also expect a specialized device to be implanted that will add further stability to your spine. As time passes and your body heals, these bones will grow together and form solid support in a once unstable part of your back.
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While minimally invasive lumbar fusion gives patients a wide range of benefits over traditional surgery for their spinal conditions, not everyone will be a good candidate. This is especially true for some when it comes to outpatient benefits.
Depending on your diagnosis and other contributing factors, lumbar spine surgery sometimes requires a more invasive approach. For some, health issues like cardiovascular disease could mean your procedure needs to take place in a hospital with additional specialists on hand to monitor your overall response to anesthesia and post-op recovery.
With the new medical advances in surgical technology paving the way for more effective and less invasive procedures, many surgeons are recommending minimally invasive lumbar fusion for their patients. The overall benefits of this procedure when it comes to avoiding excessive trauma to the spine and surrounding muscle has boosted recovery times and made the overall patient experience a more positive one for thousands.
Our board-certified surgeons and medical experts use state-of-the-art equipment to achieve quality care, faster recovery times, and a pain-free life for all our patients. If you have questions about this procedure and wonder if it may be a possible option for your spinal condition, contact our office today online or call (866) 272-9271. You can also use our free Treatment Finder tool. We are here to help you get your life back and get you on the road to healing quickly and safely.
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