Minimally Invasive Surgery FAQs
If you are considering minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in Las Vegas, NV, you are in the right place. The Spine Institute of Nevada can help determine if your spinal cord related injury or other ailment is fit for our MIS treatment. With 12,500 people suffering spinal cord injuries each year and more than 337,000 living with the pain and symptoms of an untreated injury, back pain is a common concern. At our offices, you will find we use only the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology and techniques to treat spinal injuries and deformities. Dr. Perry, our Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, has a high surgery success rate and believes in procedures that result in the lowest negative impact for his patients. These factors make MIS a favorite option for spinal care and treatment. Of course, you’ll likely have questions when considering whether MIS is the treatment option for you. We have compiled a list of our frequently asked questions about MIS below. Read on to learn more about minimally invasive surgery and reach out to our medical staff today to determine whether it is the right treatment option for you!
What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery is an alternative to traditional or “open” surgery. In the past, the most efficient way to operate on the spine was to make a large incision that allowed the affected area to be opened and assessed. Aside from this being a very invasive method, various disadvantages accompanied these procedures. For instance, pulling back the muscles to expose the spine could damage the soft tissue or make it difficult to discern the exact anatomy the surgeon wanted to extract. This method involved scarring and a much more extended recovery period for patients. Now, with MIS, we can access the spine without creating a large incision and exposing the body’s soft tissue to infection. In MIS, small incisions are made on either side of the spinal column. From there, Dr. Perry will use microscopic instruments, using a tubular retractor to keep the muscles open and complete the procedure inside the body.
How Effective is MIS?
In recent years, MIS has proven incredibly effective in treating many spinal conditions. The assistance of real-time x-ray images, operating microscopes, and other state-of-the-art technologies allow surgeons like Dr. Perry to work with incredible precision. For many patients, MIS can be as, if not more, effective than traditional open surgery. In most cases, MIS results in quicker recovery times and less lingering pain.
What Are the Advantages of MIS?
MIS provides significant advantages over traditional surgeries. You can expect less blood loss due to the smaller incisions. Decreased blood loss also significantly reduces the risks associated with surgery. You are less prone to infection with smaller incisions. Smaller incisions also heal faster than larger ones. This means you can expect a shorter recovery time following surgery. MIS helps reduce the amount of time you are in the hospital and leaves considerably less scarring than traditional alternatives. Minimally invasive surgeries also boast of higher accuracy than many traditional methods. The use of video cameras gives the surgeon a clear view of the site and significantly increases the surgeon’s accuracy while reducing the risk of complications.
Which Conditions Can be Treated with MIS?
Thankfully, most people who suffer from back pain will not need surgery. You can explore our back pain relief options to get an idea of whether MIS is right for treating your condition. Dr. Perry is committed to attempting a range of conservative treatments before recommending surgery. We never want our patients to undergo an unnecessary procedure. If you have one of the following conditions, and it has progressed to the point where your pain cannot be alleviated through conservative treatment, we may suggest MIS treatment:
- Disc herniation
- Bone spurs
- Spine instability
- Spine deformities, including scoliosis and kyphosis
- Fractured vertebrae
- Spondylolysis, defect in a lower vertebra
- Spinal infection
- Tumor in the spine
What Are the Risks of MIS?
Even though MIS is safe and highly effective, every surgery comes with risks. We can perform MIS on children and adults alike, but your individual risk will vary based on your age, general health, the specifications of your surgery, and the severity of your condition. Dr. Perry will be sure to discuss all your options and lay out the risks you may face when seeking MIS to solve your back pain. Our team has a high surgery success rate, so you can rest assured you are in confident, capable hands. The risks of minimally invasive surgery include:
- Excess bleeding
- Lack of pain relief
- Pain at site of the graft
- Nerve damage
- Blood clots
- Anesthesia complications
- Leaking of spinal fluid
How Can I Prepare for MIS?
If you believe you would benefit from minimally invasive spine surgery, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perry today. We are happy to discuss your treatment options, keeping your current medications and daily habits into consideration. For example, smoking may delay your recovery after surgery. You may want to formulate a plan to quit or decrease your smoking habits to allow a full and speedy recovery after MIS. We will conduct any imaging tests, including MRIs and X-rays, prior to your surgery date. Be sure to keep us informed of any changes in your health in the days leading up to your surgery. You should not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
Contact Us Today to Discuss Whether MIS is Right for You
If you think minimally invasive surgery could be the solution for you, please contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perry. Whether you do indeed need surgery, or we can alleviate your back pain with more conservative treatments, making an appointment with us is the best way to prioritize your relief. Don’t suffer through another day of back pain. Trust the experts at Spine Institute of Nevada for all your spinal care needs.