What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Minimally invasive spine surgery is completed through small incisions, which is less invasive since there is minimal access to the spine. Less disruption to the muscles and surrounding tissue decreases the amount of blood loss. Minimally invasive procedures may also result in shorter outpatient/hospital stays, so there is less time spent in the hospital. However, these techniques are not always the best way to treat a diseased spine.
There are possible risks involved with any surgical procedure. Reasonable expectations and compliance with the surgeon’s pre and post-operative instructions are vital. All aspects of any potential surgery should be thoroughly discussed with your healthcare provider.
Risks associated with minimally invasive procedures include:
- General adverse effects related to surgical procedures, such as bleeding, infection, blood clots, or allergic reactions
- Failure of adequate fusion to occur
It is important to discuss these and all other aspects of any potential surgery with your physician.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions for this procedure.
What is a spinal cage?
A spinal cage, also known as an interbody, is used in procedures that remove intervertebral discs from the spine. The cage is placed in the disc space to help fuse the spine for stability and/or to restore curvature of the spine. The shape of the cage differs based on the procedure and location on the spine. Click here to learn more.
What are spine biologics?
Spine biologics provide mechanisms for bone growth. They help in the healing and fusion process during spine surgeries and may include scaffold, signaling, or cell elements for bone formation. Click here to learn more about the types of spine biologics.
What is the difference between PEEK and 3D printed implants?
Poly-ether-ether-ketone (PEEK) implants are comprised of a synthetic material that is “bioinert”, meaning it does not interact when introduced to biological tissue. 3D printed implants are comprised of titanium alloy (Ti-6AL-4V ELI) and are created through additive manufacturing. Click here to learn more about PEEK and 3D printed implants.
Important Note: This information is intended as an educational resource to provide an overview of the procedure. The information should, in no way, be used as a substitute for informed discussions between the patient and physician regarding possible and eventual course of treatment. Medical treatment is individually specific to each patient’s symptoms. The information contained herein may not apply to you, your condition, treatment, or expected outcome. Surgical techniques and practices vary. Complications may occur. It is important to talk with your physician about all indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, clinical results, and other important medical considerations as pertain to this procedure. For further information on product contraindications, warnings, precautions, and possible adverse effects, click here.
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