Thanks to major medical advances in the area of spinal surgeries, many spinal procedures can be completed through minimally invasive surgery (MIS), rather than extensive and invasive surgery. Dr. Myers and Dr. Lasser pride themselves in taking a patient first approach that is dedicated to relieving pain.
There are many important benefits that MIS can provide which make it the preferred option, including the following:
Less Trauma to the Body
MIS options can often be less traumatic to the body. MIS allows for smaller incisions, which in turn reduces damage to tissue or muscle. The organs are handled much less with MIS so there is less risk of traumatizing them during the procedure. Additionally, the recovery time is less, which further reduces the negative impact of surgery on the body. Incisions can heal with less scarring. If there are external scars, they tend to be smaller and less noticeable.
Better Clinical Outcomes
MIS provides opportunity to use special tools and methods along with chemical agents that enhance the patient’s experience and doctor’s ability to perform the procedure. These options allow the doctor to regulate better blood control or reduce the need for extensive stitching. Special tools allow the surgeon to better see and explore the surgical area, increasing his or her accuracy and ability to perform complex processes with greater precision.
Less Interference with the Body’s Systems
MIS allows surgeons to work on just the portion of the body that is affected. Open surgery often requires pulling muscles away from the spine, which can result in damage to the muscle and significant pain. MIS allows surgeons to avoid cutting away at muscle, so there is often less damage to this area. Additionally, open surgery is more likely to result in more significant complications, such as developing an infection or damaging another area of the body. Blood loss is reduced with MIS, effectively reducing complications associated with blood loss during surgery.
MIS can also drastically reduce the recovery process for many spinal surgeries. Patients often experience much less blood loss, greater surgical precision, smaller incisions and less trauma during the surgery. All of these factors contribute to a shorter recovery period. Many patients may heal faster and may be able to resume their previous responsibilities sooner than if they received other types of procedure. A shortened hospital stay also helps reduce the cost of recovery.
Due to the less invasive aspect of the surgery and smaller incisions, many MIS patients experience less pain after the operation. Their wounds heal faster and are often not as significant as those who undergo open surgery. Less pain also helps patients avoid continued use of pain medications, decreasing their costs associated with recovery and the likelihood of becoming addicted to these medications.
MIS provides the same attention to an affected area that open surgery does. However, it addresses underlying problems without assuming the risks associated with open surgery. With a faster and more comfortable recovery, superior clinical results and less trauma to the body, MIS is a favorable alternative to open surgery.