When considering surgery as an option for successfully treating a back condition, it is important to understand the differences between surgeries to determine what option is best for you. Typically, surgery is only reserved for when conservative methods of treatment—such as medication or physical therapy—have failed to provide relief from pain and other symptoms.
Traditional surgery is as you may picture it: a standard, long incision made in the back to grant the surgeon visual and physical access to the anatomy of the spine. During that time, muscles and nerves are pulled aside to allow the surgeon to perform the procedure.
In comparison, minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) involves the use of specialized instruments and techniques resulting in smaller incisions without disruption of vital muscle and tendinous structures.
Over the past decade or so, many types of MISS have been developed to provide those who qualify an alternative to the longer recovery of standard surgery. Types of MISS include:
Making use of the innovative advances in surgical technology, MISS avoids undue injury to the tissue surrounding the affected area of the spine. Other advantages to MISS (in comparison to traditional surgery) include:
As we discussed, MISS is based on individual needs and only for those who meet certain criteria. Whether or not you meet the criteria can only be determined by a surgeon with extensive knowledge on MISS procedures.
Dr. Sandro LaRocca, Founder of New Jersey Neck & Back Institute P.C., has years of highly specialized training and experience in minimally invasive procedures. Dr. LaRocca and his staff are dedicated to providing patients with compassionate, individualized care for all types of orthopaedic and neurosurgical spinal conditions.
For more information on minimally invasive procedure or to schedule a consultation with Dr. LaRocca, contact New Jersey Neck & Back Institute today or fill out our contact form.