Some conditions that damage your spine affect your spine’s ability to support itself. This results in an increase of pressure on the nerves in the spine, which causes pain and limits your range of motion. There are a number of conditions that cause these kinds of issues, including:
- Herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
- Spinal deformities
Treatments for these conditions vary depending on their severity and personal variables like age, weight, and medical history. One treatment option that many health care providers recommend is minimally invasive spinal fusion.
What is minimally invasive spinal fusion?
Spinal fusion is the process of joining two or more vertebrae together by placing a splint between the vertebrae that contains a bone material that grows into each vertebra to form one solid piece. The goal of this procedure is to provide better stability for the spine to reduce pain and improve your range of motion.
Traditionally, spinal fusion surgery requires a large incision to access the spine. While this is still necessary in some cases, many people can benefit from minimally invasive spinal fusion instead.
Minimally invasive spinal fusion requires much smaller incisions. These incisions are just large enough for tiny surgical instruments to pass through as well as an endoscopic tube. This endoscopic tube has a camera attached to the end that provides a visual feed to the surgeon so they can see what they’re doing without having to open you up.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive spinal fusion?
Both traditional and minimally invasive spinal fusion share the benefit of reducing spinal pain and improving your range of motion. However, minimally invasive spinal fusion has several advantages over traditional spinal fusion, including:
- Lower risk of infection
- Lower risk of blood loss
- Faster recovery times
- Less pain during recovery
Visit the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute for minimally invasive spinal fusion
Do you have pain in your spine that isn’t responding to conservative treatment methods? You may need to consider minimally invasive spinal fusion. At the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute, our team is highly skilled in performing successful minimally invasive spinal fusion surgeries. Contact our team today to learn more about minimally invasive spinal fusion or to schedule an initial appointment.