Who Is a Good Candidate for Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery?

Doctor listening to his patient

When you have back pain, surgery is probably the last treatment method you have in mind. Surgery can be risky, painful, and require a lot of surgery. However, not all surgeries have to be this way. Many operations are performed using minimally invasive techniques. These reduce the risks involved in open surgeries and require a lot less time for recovery.

At the Florida Spine and Joint Institute, our surgeons specialize in multiple types of minimally invasive spinal surgery. If you’re suffering from severe or long-lasting back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery may be just what you need.

How do you know if you need minimally invasive spinal surgery?

Your doctor will examine the condition of your back and determine when minimally invasive spinal surgery is necessary. Your doctor is likely to recommend surgery if:

  • Conservative treatments are not working — When you need treatment for back pain, doctors usually recommend conservative treatments like chiropractic care, physical therapy or medication. These treatments don’t involve many risks and may be effective in treating and preventing back pain. However, when conservative methods fail to treat your pain, your doctor may recommend surgery.

    Fortunately, many of the surgical methods used for back pain are minimally invasive. This means there are fewer risks and your recovery will go quicker than usual.
  • You have a sudden injury — Sudden pain in your back due to a collision or a direct impact may cause injuries that require minimally invasive surgery for treatment.
  • You have nerve damage — If your doctor determines that your spinal condition is causing nerve damage, you may need minimally invasive spinal surgery. Without treatment, nerve damage can result in further pain and permanent disability.
  • Your spine is deformed — Spinal conditions like scoliosis cause the spine to be misshapen, which limits our range of motion and affects your back’s ability to support your upper body. Usually, these conditions are treated with braces while young. However, if the deformity enters more advanced stages, you may need minimally invasive spinal surgery.

Visit the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute for minimally invasive spinal surgery

Do you have sudden or long-lasting back pain that’s affecting your ability to live your daily life? Talk to one of our team members at the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute to find out if minimally invasive spinal surgery is right for you. Contact our team today to learn more about minimally invasive spinal surgery or to schedule an appointment.