Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion: A Big Step Forward
Lumbar spinal fusion is a detailed procedure in which a surgeon uses screws to fuse together vertebrae bones, all with the idea that they will grow together properly in the future. In other cases, this procedure is used to remove bone spurs or discs with the idea of alleviating pain.
While the traditional lumbar spinal fusion procedure has been used for many years, there’s something else to consider: minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion.
Although this is relatively new technology, it is the preferred method of many surgeons.
The primary benefit is the ability to enter the patient’s body through a small two inch incision in his or her side. As a result, the recovery process is centered entirely on the patient’s side and abdomen, as opposed to the back itself.
Other benefits include:
· Less blood loss. As a result of a smaller incision, patients typically have less blood loss with minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion. Subsequently, there is less risk of requiring a blood transfusion.
· Less muscle damage. With traditional surgery, soft tissues around the incision site are often damaged. With a minimally invasive procedure, it’s much easier to move soft tissues to the side, all without causing any harm.
If you have reason to believe minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion could be the answer to your back pain, contact us to schedule a consultation. We’re ready to eliminate your pain and discomfort once and for all.