When complex spine conditions require surgery, our expert surgeons use the most advanced techniques in the field to safely and effectively fix the problem. For example, in a discectomy, very small incisions are used to remove a herniated or degenerated disc, which is then replaced with a bone graft or substitute.
While traditional open spine surgery is often necessary, SSM Health surgeons perform many spine surgeries through tiny incisions using minimally invasive surgical techniques.
What Happens During Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
There are now a greater number of options for minimally invasive procedures, which uses a less disruptive side approach that enables patients to recover more quickly.
Computer-assisted technology and highly specialized cameras and instrumentation enable surgeons to correct back and spine problems through smaller incisions. These sophisticated cameras let the surgeon view and access the affected area of the spine through a “keyhole” incision.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
As opposed to traditional spine surgery, minimally invasive surgical approaches can be faster, safer and require less recovery time. Additional benefits include:
- Less post-operative pain
- Less soft tissue/muscle damage
- Quicker recovery and return to activities
- Smaller scars/less scar tissue
- Reduced blood loss
- Reduced risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay
- Improved function
Conditions We Treat
Conditions that can we treat through minimally invasive approaches include:
At SSM Health, we’re proud to offer state-of-the-art technology and expertise to help treat even the most complex conditions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, request a second opinion, or even if you simply want to learn more about the state-of-the-art technological advances and procedures we provide at SSM Health. Our exceptional back and spine team is here to help you every step of the way.