The objective of minimally invasive spine surgery is to stabilize the spine and relieve pressure in the area due to instability, herniated discs, spinal tumors and other issues. A terrific alternative to open spine surgery for some patients, it’s associated with a number of benefits, including a faster recovery period and less physical trauma. As one of the top providers of minimally invasive spine surgery New Jersey has to offer, Dr. Joshua Rovner works diligently to provide patients with quickest recovery times possible.
How minimally invasive spine surgery works
Conventionally, spine surgery is performed by making a large incision through the skin and muscle, which allows the surgeon to gain access to the underlying bone, along with a direct and unobstructed view of the spine and surrounding structures. Minimally-invasive surgery, on the other hand, involves several small incisions through the skin only. Through that opening, the muscle is gently and temporarily moved and the procedure performed with the assistance of advanced medical imaging and tiny surgical instruments.
Many of Dr. Rovner’s clients inquire about their candidacy for minimally invasive spine surgery because the approach is associated with so many appealing benefits. For example, patients who are ideal candidates can expect:
- Smaller incisions and minimized scarring
- Reduced risk of damage to surrounding tissues and muscles
- Less risk of infection, postoperative pain, and blood loss
- A faster recovery period and shorter hospital stay
- Less rehabilitation required
In addition, some minimally invasive spine surgeries can be performed using local anesthesia. In these cases, the general risks associated with anesthesia are eliminated as well.