Spine Tech Minimally Invasive Fusion
Enjoy the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Fusion
The lower part of the spine located at the center curve within the back is the lumbar spine. This is one of the common sources of pain in the back. Lower back pain is considered the second most common of all reasons why people end up paying a visit to the family physician, behind only that of a cold. As individuals age, a number of different changes occur in this part of the spine that can cause a tremendous amount of pain. In the majority of these cases, the changes are considered normal degenerative arthritis. A physician will have to rule out a number of other serious conditions like a tumor, fracture or infection before doing anything further.
Thankfully, more than 90 percent of those who do have pain in their lower back will notice an improvement in their symptoms within a six week timeframe, regardless of the form of treatment used. During the time of treatment, the physician will go through various options for treating the condition, such as physical therapy, medication and injections to help alleviate the symptoms. For those who don’t improve within the first six weeks of treatment, surgery might be needed. Depending on the cause of your pain, minimally invasive fusion surgery might be able to correct the problem.
What is a Minimally Invasive Fusion?
A minimally invasive fusion in Beaumont, TX is a type of operation that causes the bones within the spine to grow together. The main goal of the surgery is to help the two vertebrae fuse together into one bone, so that was there isn’t motion between the vertebrae. Removing any bone spurs or the intervertebral disc can help to alleviate some of the pressure that is currently being placed on your nerves, which will help with reducing pain. By fusing the two vertebrae into one, it will help stop the formation of any bone spurs within that location, thus reducing pain further, as well as the potential of nerve injuries.
Understanding How Spinal Fusion Works
Minimally invasive fusions are similar to that of a traditional fusion, but it uses a smaller incision and doesn’t cause a lot of damage to the surrounding tissues during the surgical procedure. As with any type of spinal fusion, there are multiple techniques that the neurosurgeon can use to fuse the vertebrae back together with a Spine Tech minimally invasive fusion. The procedure can be completed through the back, the abdomen, side or any combination of these methods.
If the procedure is done through the abdomen, four small incisions are made about ½ inch in length. Fiber optic viewing cameras are used to see the site. Fusions that are performed through the back use multiple one to two inch incisions. Once the muscles are moved away, rods and screws can be inserted through the dilator tubes. In certain instances, operating microscopes help the surgeon to see the surgical site better.
Since the procedure doesn’t cause near as much damage to the surrounding tissues, many people are opting for this type of surgery over traditional methods. Recovery time is minimal and the outcome is well worth the time spent having the procedure.