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Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

January 28, 2016

Minimally invasive spine surgery describes procedures that utilize small incisions (sometimes less than an inch long) to address problems related to the neck and back. Minimally invasive techniques have been developed to improve patient outcomes and ease recovery from surgery. Surgeons specializing in minimally invasive spine surgeries have extensive training in these techniques and utilize unique instrumentation to perform them. Smaller incisions are not just a cosmetic improvement. The main goal of minimally invasive surgery is to minimize trauma to normal tissues around the spine. Minimizing trauma surrounding the surgical area results in less damage to normal muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves.

Compared to older techniques, minimally invasive spine surgery allow for quicker recovery from surgery, less pain and faster return to normal activities. Decreased blood loss (many times eliminating any need for blood transfusions, lower infection rates, and shorter hospital stays are also benefits. Many minimally invasive spine surgeries can even be performed as an outpatient, meaning patients can go home the same day.

The spine surgeons at the Spine Institute of Arizona employ minimally invasive techniques for spine surgery whenever possible for our patients. Our surgeons, however, are also experts in treating conditions that require more extensive spinal reconstructions as well. It is imperative that your spine surgeon be knowledgeable in all available approaches to spine conditions so that the best procedure may be chosen for each individual patient.

The Spine Institute of Arizona offers the most advanced and comprehensive spine care available. Your patients can see us at one of our four valley locations to learn how we can help eliminate spinal pain from their life.

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