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What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

It can be discomforting to learn that you require surgery. You envision weeks off work, inability to perform daily tasks, and pain and scarring as you recover. Minimally invasive surgery is a game-changer. It is used instead of open surgery, which requires large incisions, significant blood loss, and several nights in the hospital. Faheem Abbasi, MD, provides minimally invasive procedures for many gynecological issues requiring open surgery. He guides and performs surgeries using specialized equipment and, in some cases, robotic technology. You get the same, if not better, result as with open surgery, plus many other advantages, such as a shorter recovery time and less scarring. Here is what you should know if you need minimally invasive surgery.

Understanding minimally invasive spine surgery

In contrast to traditional open surgeries, which would necessitate a large incision, a surgeon makes several tiny incisions of less than an inch. For this procedure, the surgeon makes incisions with a clamp or knife and a laparoscope (a small tube with a miniature camera at one end). After the surgeon has marked the incisions, the mini camera is passed through one of the cuts. The specialist uses the images captured by the camera on the screen as a guide. These images give the surgeon a clear picture of the area being operated on. If necessary, the doctor may insert customized surgical equipment, such as a balloon or flexible stent, through the incisions. Following surgery, the incisions are stitched, and sometimes a mesh is placed for additional support.

How to get ready for minimally invasive spine surgery

Discuss how to prepare for your surgery with your healthcare provider. Talk to them about all medications you are taking. Some medicines may need to be stopped ahead of time. If you smoke, you must stop before having surgery. Smoking can cause a delay in healing. Imaging tests (X-rays and MRI) may be required before surgery. You are recommended not to consume anything after midnight the night before your surgery. Also, it would be best if you talked to your doctor about any recent changes in your health, such as a fever.

After the surgery

Some minimally invasive surgery can be performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day. You may be admitted for a few hours following the procedure to allow your healthcare provider to observe for problems. Your healthcare provider will instruct you on using your back after surgery. You may be required to wear a back brace for a while. You may also need physical therapy following surgery. The duration of your recovery will differ depending on the type of surgery and your overall health. Ensure to follow all of your healthcare provider’s treatment and follow-up appointment instructions. This will help ensure that the surgery is successful.

Minimally invasive surgeries are the most common surgical techniques used today. It is the best option whether you have a minor problem or need surgical intervention for a significant health problem. Call New Jersey Pain, Spine, and Sports Associates or schedule an appointment online.

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