Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dallas – modern surgical techniques
Minimally invasive spine surgery, or MIS as it is often shortened, is a general term for a variety of surgical techniques that use smaller incisions and seek to lessen the amount of tissue damage that occurs beneath the skin. In minimally invasive spine surgeries, Dr. Jones-Quaidoo will use specially designed instruments that aid in his visualization of the surgical field, such as tubular retractors, which allow the surgeon to visualize a large area beneath a small incision. Spine and orthopaedic surgeons who are able to perform less invasive surgery are comprehensively trained in the proper use of minimally invasive techniques.
The Future of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery techniques have been used successfully in spine surgery for years and the field is growing rapidly. Currently we are seeing breakthroughs in minimally invasive procedures to fuse vertebrae as well as in endoscopic procedures in which surgery is performed through miniscule holes in the skin instead of through a larger incision.
Potential Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
The possible benefits of this type of surgery can include smaller, less noticeable scars after the procedure, a smaller amount damage to the tissue surrounding the surgical site, less pain, less blood less and potentially even quicker recovery. However, currently there is insufficient data to show that minimally invasive techniques provide any short or long-term benefits when compared with traditional spinal surgery techniques.
Factors Affecting Suitability for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
In evaluating a patient for minimally invasive procedures, there are many factors that must be considered, including weight, age, lifestyle and the type of procedure required. All of this will be discussed with your surgeon. There are a few groups of people who are generally not candidates for this type of surgery, including:
- Patients with unstable medical conditions that have a higher potential for complications
- Patients who have had previous spine surgery in the same area
Preparing for MIS Spine Surgery
In order to see if you are a candidate for these types of procedures, your doctor will perform a clinical assessment as well as several tests, which can include an MRI or CT scan, x-rays or discography. Be sure your surgeon is informed on what medications you are taking; he or she can inform you as to whether or not you should cease taking them prior to your operation. If you are a smoker you will also be asked to stop smoking as smoking has been shown to slow the growing and repairing ability of bone. You will likely be asked not to eat or drink the night prior to your surgery.
In order to aid in your recovery, prepare your home life to help deal with the realities of post-surgical care. Arrange for someone to assist you after surgery.
What to Expect After Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Following the procedure, you may experience pain at the site of the operation. It is possible that your surgeon will prescribe pain relief medication or anti-inflammatory medication. Take care to take these medications as directed.
Typically patients go through a postoperative care program that will include instructions to help you recover from your procedure. It is of the utmost importance that you follow any rehabilitation guidelines provided by your surgeon.