Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
GNS Surgery Center promotes the use of Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) procedures using state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques and instrumentation that decreases the recovery time for most patients. The surgical incisions are often considerably smaller than traditional surgery and less damaging to the soft tissues, resulting in quicker healing and less recovery time.
The benefits of MIS include:
- Smaller incision and a smaller scar
- Less damage to the surrounding tissues such as muscle and bone
- Less blood loss
- Less postoperative pain
- Quicker recovery
Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures at GNS Surgery Center Include:
Lumbar Spinal fusion
Minimally invasive procedures mean they are as unintrusive as possible. Spinal refers to anything having to do with the spine. Fusion is the process of bones fusing or growing together into one bone. Thoracic refers to the spine region in the upper and middle back. While lumbar refers to the lower back region.
A minimally invasive spinal fusion of the lower spine (lumbar) is a procedure that minimizes cutting and limits disruption of the body’s tissues. A minimally invasive lumbar fusion can be done with a posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), transforaminal interbody lumbar fusion (TLIF), or a lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF).
In a PLIF or TLIF, the surgeon is able to do a fusion of the front and back columns of the spine in one procedure. This is done through the back and the bones will fuse together as they heal. An LLIF involves a small incision at the side of the waist. The surgeon removes the disc and inserts an implant to restore disc height and relieve pain. As the spine heals, the bones fuse together into one piece.
To relieve compression on the spinal nerve roots, a doctor may recommend a lumbar laminectomy. This procedure involves the removal of a portion of the lamina. What makes it minimally invasive is that the surgeon uses specialized instruments that can separate the muscles instead of cutting. This approach results in less loss of blood and soft-tissue disruption, resulting in a quicker recovery and return to activity.
A discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to relieve pain from a herniated disc. Using specialized instruments, the surgeon makes a small incision and inserts a tube to minimize disrupting the tissue. This consists of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Because of the minimal disruption, there’s little blood loss and faster recovery. After gently moving tissue out of the way and performing a laminectomy, the surgeon removes the piece of disc material that compresses on the nerve.
Internal fixation on Thoracic & Lumbar Fractures
Internal fixation is a procedure to repair bone fractures. Typically, it involves using screws to hold the fractured bone in place while it heals. In setting a fracture, the surgeon repositions the fragment to where they should be aligned. Then, they use screws to keep the bone in place while it heals. Screws can be permanent or removed after the bone heals.
Internal fixation allows patients to return to their activities faster. The procedure also has a high rate of healing properly.
GNS Surgery Center now offers the latest advance in minimally invasive spine surgery. The Mazor X Stealth™ Edition Robotic Guidance System allows our surgeons to perform less invasive surgical procedures with smaller incisions, faster recovery time and shorter hospital stays, ultimately returning patients to their active lifestyles faster.
Our facility is accredited by Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
GNS Surgery Center partners with a team of expert spine specialists to provide advanced care for back, neck, and spinal disorders.