The American Association of Neurological Surgeons recommends minimally invasive spinal surgery (MIS) for people who suffer from a number of chronic spinal ailments that cannot be corrected with non-surgical treatments. Patients with chronic spinal problems and pain usually undergo a number of non-surgical treatments including physical therapy, injection therapy and medications as first-line medical interventions. These treatments may provide relief for many spine problems such as scoliosis, spondylosis, herniated discs, fractures or osteoarthritis. When these treatments are not effective, or if there are serious problems such as a spinal tumor, surgery may be recommended.
Spinal surgery traditionally involved making an incision along the affected area of the spine to provide access to and allow an adequate view of the area for the surgeon. There are several risks involved in this type of surgery, and because muscles and soft tissues are affected, healing takes longer. Minimally invasive spinal care has many benefits over traditional surgery. The procedure needs only a very small incision, sometimes as small as 2 centimeters, so there is less damage to muscles and soft tissue. Because the incision site is small, scaring is minimal. Other advantages include faster recovery from surgery and faster healing after the procedure, lowered risk of infection and less blood loss.
There are many types of minimally invasive spinal surgery, each designed for specific spine problems. At North American Spine Treatment Center for example. they use the exclusive AccuraScope procedure to allow access to an entire spinal region at different levels, allowing the surgeon to correct several problems with one procedure instead of having to undergo multiple surgeries for problems in different levels of the spine. The physician uses specialized equipment like high-definition cameras and lasers routed through a thin tube inserted into small opening in the back. The procedure identifies the source of pain and inflammation and treats problems like herniated discs and compressed nerves. The treatment takes between 30 and 45 minutes, usually on an out-patient basis and often with only local anesthesia.
They offer a number of diagnostic procedures to pinpoint the source of pain so that you can be treated efficiently. The physicians perform more than 30 different types of minimally invasive spinal surgery, each tailored to the need of the patient. For those situations where surgery is not recommended, neuro-stimulation may be recommended for pain relief. They have several locations throughout the U.S. provide convenient treatment facilities often partnered with state-of-the-art major medical centers in each area.