Two Overlooked Advantages of Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion

Are you faced with lower back pain? Are you concerned that traditional open back surgery is the only option?

If you find yourself in this position, we want you to realize that there is another procedure to consider: minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion.

We define this on our website as follows:

“Lumbar Spinal Fusion is the process in which a surgeon will create an incision and use screws to fuse the vertebrae bones together, so that they may grow in properly. Sometimes it is required to remove invertebrate discs or bone spurs in order to properly alleviate pain. In addition, there is also minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion, which consists of smaller incisions and less soft tissue damage resulting in a speedier healing process.”

As you can see, if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion, you can get the same high level results, all without the concerns associated with a long healing process.

However, we want to share two other advantages of this procedure. These are often overlooked, but well worth mentioning:

·      Less blood loss. Due to the size of the invasions, blood less is kept to a minimum. When compared to traditional surgery, this is a huge benefit. Not only does it lower the risk of infection, but it means that fewer patients require a blood transfusion.

·      Less muscle damage. With traditional surgery, surgeons are required to cut through muscle and other soft tissue to reach the spine. With minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion, muscles can be moved aside, as opposed to severed.

There’s no way of knowing if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion until you visit us. Don’t hesitate to setup a consultation at your earliest convenience.