Minimally Invasive Surgery
When you hear the word “surgery,” you likely feel at least a hint of apprehension. Thanks to decades of ingenuity, however, surgery success rates have gone way up, changing the way people think about certain procedures. Minimally invasive surgery—which is designed to have a minimal negative impact on patients—stands at the forefront of modern surgery techniques. If you live in Las Vegas and require surgery for a spine condition, ask Dr. Perry of the Spine Institute of Nevada about minimally invasive surgery.
Spine Conditions That May Require Surgery
Most of the time, a spine doctor will recommend a wide range of conservative treatments before recommending surgery. If one of the following conditions gets out of hand, however, minimally invasive surgery may be the best option.
- Disc Herniation: Disc herniation occurs when the gelatinous interior of a spinal disc bursts through the disc’s harder exterior. If the pressure on nearby nerves causes severe pain, a doctor may recommend surgery.
- Bone Spurs: Bone spurs are growths on the bone that can cause serious pain and discomfort if left unaddressed. An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is one minimally invasive procedure that can remove bone spurs.
- Spine Instability: Severe trauma or degeneration can cause the spine to become unstable. It’s important to address spine instability with minimally invasive surgery before it causes a more profound injury.
Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery has a number of benefits over traditional procedures. During your initial consultation, be sure to ask your spine surgeon any questions you have about minimally invasive, technology-assisted surgery.
- Less Blood Loss: Since minimally invasive surgery involves smaller incisions than traditional surgery, there is also considerably less blood loss. This can significantly lower the risk associated with surgery.
- Shorter Recovery Time: Small incisions heal faster than larger incisions, helping reduce the patient’s hospital stay and total recovery time. Minimally invasive surgeries tend to leave considerably less scarring, too.
- Higher Accuracy: Many minimally invasive procedures use video cameras to assist with the surgery. Having a clearer view of the surgery site can increase the surgeon’s accuracy and greatly reduce the risk of complications.
The Spine Institute of Nevada is pleased to offer minimally invasive surgery options to our Las Vegas patients. If you are suffering from spine problems of any kind, let our skilled and experienced spine doctor examine you. Call our office at (702) 239-3787 to schedule an appointment.