The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion

Lumbar spinal fusion has the potential to correct a variety of problems, such as removing invertebrate discs to alleviate pain and discomfort. If you’ve decided to head down this path — with the help of your medical team — it’s important to understand the benefits of minimally invasive surgery.

Here are some of the many reasons why minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion is the way to go:

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  • Smaller incisions: Not only does this mean a faster recovery, but it also speeds up healing time. Smaller incisions also result in less visible scarring. 
  • Less muscle damage: With traditional surgery, muscle and soft tissues are damaged on the way to the spine. But with a minimally invasive procedure, muscle and other tissues can be gently moved out of the way.
  • Less blood loss: A major concern during any type of surgery, minimally invasive procedures are generally associated with less blood loss. This reduces the risk of infection and the need for a blood transfusion.

With benefits like these, be sure to discuss minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion with your surgeon. It may be just what you need to eliminate your pain with the least amount of risk possible. 

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.