Minimally invasive spine surgery is a state-of-the-art advance in spine and neck surgery. Previously, your spine surgeon would need to make large incisions in order to access the spinal column. This meant cutting through muscles, which led to long recovery periods.
At the AAMC Spine Center, our spine surgeons perform more than half of all spine surgeries using minimally invasive techniques. We perform more than 1,000 spine surgeries a year. Our spinal surgery team experts can treat a wide variety of spine, back and neck conditions.
With the advent of minimally invasive surgery , your spine surgeon can now perform many neck and back procedures with small incisions (less than 1 inch) and a microscope. By working around the muscles, those tissues aren't cut, and lead to less tissue trauma, lower complications rates, less infection risk, less pain and an easier , faster recovery for you.
Your spine surgeon will recommend minimally invasive spine surgery to treat:
Our spine surgeons also use an innovative approach to pain management to help you recover faster. During surgery, along with general anesthesia, you may receive an intrathecal narcotic injection. This injection is delivered to the site of the surgery so that you feel less pain while you recover.
Minimally invasive spine recovery is usually faster for patients than traditional, open surgery. However, you are still healing, so you need to remember to take it easy.
After surgery, our nurses will make sure to move you from the bed to a recliner. Studies prove patients recover much more quickly when they get up and walk around shortly after surgery. This improves blood flow and healing.
You can probably expect to return to light activities two to three weeks following surgery. About four to six weeks after surgery, you should be able to return to all of your regular activities.