Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery - The Spine Hospital Of Louisiana

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

For many patients in need of spine surgery, minimally-invasive techniques have replaced traditional methods. Minimally-invasive spine surgery at The Spine Hospital of Louisiana means your spine surgeon does surgery through smaller incisions. Traditionally, open procedures typically require a larger incision, as it is necessary to cut through muscles and pull them out of the way in order to reach the spine. This causes patients a large amount of pain, increases blood loss and risk of infection, and lengthens recovery time. Because minimally invasive surgery involves a smaller cut, it offers patients numerous physical, cosmetic, and recovery advantages including:

  • 1 inch incision in many cases
  • Faster recovery time
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Minimal scarring
  • Less pain
  • Reduced amount of painkillers after surgery
  • Quicker return to daily activities
Plus, minimally invasive spine surgery is:
  • More precise
  • Less complicated
  • Has fewer side effects
  • Leads to less blood loss
  • Less traumatic

Many patients who have undergone a minimally-invasive procedure at The Spine Hospital of Louisiana have surgery and experience relief in the same day!

Common Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures

Minimally Invasive Spinal Decompression

This minimally invasive procedure is used to treat patients who have moderate to severe lumbar spinal stenosis. It can help reduce lower back and leg pain and increase mobility for patients suffering with degenerative spinal conditions.

Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumber Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

This minimally invasive spinal stabilization surgery helps relieve back and leg pain caused by disc degeneration, spinal stenosis and spinal instability. 

Minimally Invasive Laser Spine Surgery

Laser spine surgery is often used alongside minimally invasive techniques. A tiny incision is made to insert the laser into the appropriate area. The laser is then used to remove any soft tissues that need to be removed. 

Conditions Treated Using Minimally-Invasive Procedures

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spinal deformities such as scoliosis
  • Spinal infections
  • Spinal instability including spondylolisthesis
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Spinal tumors

Am I A Candidate for Minimally-Invasive Spinal Surgery?

The indications for minimally invasive spine surgery are the same as those for traditional open surgery.  Spine surgery is usually recommended only when a period of nonsurgical treatment — such as medications and physical therapy — has not relieved the painful symptoms caused by your back problem. In addition, surgery is only considered if your doctor can pinpoint the exact source of your pain, such as a herniated disk or spinal stenosis.

If surgery is recommended, The Spine Hospital of Louisiana’s neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine specialists will be able to tell which minimally-invasive spinal surgeries, if any, might be an option for treating your spinal condition.  In some situations, minimally-invasive spinal surgery may not be as safe or effective as traditional open surgery. 

Choosing A Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery Expert

If you have been told that you need spine surgery, it is important that you choose an experienced spine surgeon.  Spine surgeons at The Spine Hospital of Louisiana perform more spine surgeries than any other facility in Louisiana, and offer unparalleled experience and expertise when it comes to performing minimally invasive procedures for common to complex spinal conditions.   If you want to learn more about the advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery, please request an appointment with a Spine Hospital spine surgery expert today. Our neurosurgeons and ortho-spine specialists will evaluate your condition and recommend the most effective spine care treatment for you.