Minimally invasive spinal surgery does not apply to any one particular type of surgery. The goal of this type of spinal surgery is to achieve the same effect as with traditional surgery, but to do so through small incisions.
This also involves less trauma to muscles. Surgery is sometimes done through small tubes. There are minimally invasive techniques for several spinal surgeries, including discectomy and fusion. However, this method cannot be applied to all patients. Often, a minimally invasive method of placing pedicle screws and rods is combined with a traditional fusion.
Minimally invasive surgery techniques include a variety of different surgery types and are sometimes used in conjunction with other spinal surgery procedures to treat spondylolisthesis,herniated disc, degenerated disc and possibly other conditions.
Once you have decided to have spinal surgery, the following events take place:
(There are many types of minimally invasive surgery, described below is one of the techniques for placing pedicle screws and rods.)
Recovery from minimally invasive spinal surgery varies greatly among patients and is dependent on the exact type of spinal surgery as well as the age and health of the individual. Return to work also varies greatly among patients and is related to overall health and the type of work you do.