Preferred Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Las Vegas

Having to deal with a spinal injury is no easy task, and with an estimated 12,500 people suffering from a spinal cord injury every year, along with roughly up to 337,000 people living with an injury, you aren’t alone. However, navigating the fields of understanding what’s the best way to proceed can be difficult. At the Spine Institute of Nevada, we’re dedicated to using advanced, state-of-the-art techniques so we can effectively treat spinal injuries and deformities throughout Las Vegas. Over the past few decades, minimally invasive spine surgery has drastically evolved, making it a highly effective and safe treatment option. If you or a loved one suffers from a spinal cord injury (SCI) or other related ailment, then this could be the treatment for you.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Its Effectiveness

A few years ago, the primary and traditional method to operate during spine surgery would have been open surgery, which means the operated area has to be opened via an incision so that the affected area can be viewed and easily accessed. One of the disadvantages of this method is that during open surgery, pulling back the muscles can potentially damage soft tissue, as it’s difficult to precisely pinpoint the anatomy the surgeon wants to retract. This in turn can lead to a longer recovery period and could also cause scarring. Another potential drawback to open spine surgery is that there’s a greater chance of infection during the recovery period, as well as increased back pain.

In recent years, however, minimally invasive spine surgery (also known as microsurgery) has developed rapidly to the point it can be used as a viable alternative in many cases. What happens is that the surgeon uses specialized, microscopic instruments to create small incisions on either side of the spinal column. For example, in a minimally invasive spine surgery fusion procedure, a tubular retractor is used to keep the muscles open, and small instruments that can fit through the retractor are used. Through the assistance of real time X-ray images, operating microscopes, and other instruments, it’s possible to have a minimally invasive spine surgery. Minimally invasive spine surgery procedures come with the added benefits of less blood loss, a minimized chance of infection, postoperative pain, and muscle damage, and often an improved recovery time. All these benefits mean you're less likely to have to stay on pain medications for as long as you would have after an open surgery. Of course, recovery time varies per patient, and most will require a brace for a short period after. Physical therapy is always important.

Find Out if Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is Right for You

We at the Spine Institute of Nevada get that it’s difficult to have to deal with excruciating back pain and other effects that plague you when suffering from a spinal cord injury: that’s why our state-of-the-art minimally invasive spine surgery treatment options are available in Las Vegas. To find out if you’re a possible candidate for a minimally invasive spine surgery procedure, don’t wait! Contact the Spine Institute of Nevada at 702-239-3787 for more information.

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