If you are experiencing back pain, you don’t necessarily need surgery to feel relief and restore your mobility and movement. However, you should still consult an orthopedic spine surgeon to learn if surgery may be an option for you in the future and to gain a better understanding of your minimally-invasive spine surgery options.
Minimally invasive surgery offers many benefits to patients while still addressing the issues that are the root causes of back pain, such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis and spinal fractures. At Next Generation Orthopedic and Spine Institute, Dr. Owusu specializes in minimally-invasive spine surgery to provide patients with the best possible outcomes, the fewest adverse side effects and reduced recovery times.
Causes for Spine Surgery
There are many different conditions that can cause back pain, and not all need to be addressed through surgery. Spine surgery is usually necessary when:
- Symptoms are disruptive to everyday activities
- Conservative treatment options, such as physical therapy, have not provided relief and rehabilitation
- Physical deformities or injuries are present in the spine.
Symptoms to Talk to Your Surgeon About
Almost everyone will have back pain at some point in their lives, and it may not always require specialized care from a spine surgeon. You should consider visiting a spine surgeon to discuss minimally-invasive surgery if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Back pain that is not relieved with rest and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication
- Back pain that disrupts daily activities
- Pain accompanied by sensations of tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness
Having the above symptoms does not necessarily mean that you will need surgery, but you should still see a spinal surgeon to discuss your full range of treatment options.
Treatment with Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally-invasive surgery, or MIS, utilizes muscle-sparing surgical techniques with smaller incisions and less cutting through healthy tissue to access the surgical site. This is done using specialized surgical tools, such as cameras and arthroscopic tools that can be fed through a small incision. In comparison to more conventional spine surgery, which requires a long incision down the back, MIS provides:
- Reduced operating times
- Less bleeding and reduced risk of infection
- Dramatically reduced post-operative pain and inflammation
- Faster overall recovery
- More predictable surgical results
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