Minimally Invasive Spine Treatments
Sports & Orthopedics Center’s Spine Specialists are dedicated to patient care and pain relief. We specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery and the treatment of degenerative spine, spinal deformities & tumors, cervical disc replacement and lumbar disc replacement.
A lumbar micro endoscopic discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure performed through a tubular device and designed to relieve pain caused by herniated discs pressing on nerve roots. A special type of spine surgery that involves removing bone to relieve excess pressure on the spinal nerve(s) in the lower back is known as a lumbar laminectomy.
Back Pain Treatment: Surgical & Nonsurgical
There are some nonoperative, conservative options to consider for the treatment of back or spine pain:
• Ice Packs. Reduce swelling while resting the back. Anti-inflammatory Medications. Decrease swelling in the joint and provide temporary pain relief. Please note, however, that all medications have risks and should be taken only in consultation with your pharmacist and physician.
• Physical Therapy. Helps the back to regain normal motion and strengthens muscles.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, arthroscopic surgery became popular, especially in the sports world, as fiber-optic technology enabled surgeons to see inside the body using a small telescope, called an “arthroscope,” which projects an image to a television monitor.
Thanks to ongoing improvements made by technology leaders like Smith & Nephew, arthroscopic surgery is now accessible to more people than just professional athletes. In fact, active patients all over the world have experienced the benefits of minimally invasive surgical procedures. Through an incision the width of a straw tip, your surgeon is able to insert an arthroscope that allows him or her to inspect your joint and locate the source of your pain. The arthroscope can also help visualize tears or other damage that may have been missed by an X-ray or MRI. Your surgeon will then make one or more small incisions to accommodate the instruments used to repair the shoulder. These instruments can shave, trim, cut, stitch, or smooth the damaged areas.
Arthroscopic spine surgery is sometimes performed in an outpatient surgery center, which means no overnight hospital stay is required. You report to the surgical center in the morning, undergo the procedure, and – following a recovery period under the care of medical professionals – return home later in the day. Postoperative Care After surgery, you will be transported to the recovery room for close observation of your vital signs and circulation. You may remain in the recovery room for a few hours.
Minimally invasive spine surgery is a positive measure to regain the active lifestyle that a painful back is preventing. This type of surgery can:
• Relieve pain.
• Improve joint stability.
• Repair tears and damage.
• Maximize quality of life.
• Optimize activities of daily living.
All information provided on this website is for information purposes only. Every patient’s case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor’s specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation. If you are seeking this information in an emergency situation, please call 911 and seek emergency help.