Advantages of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

The major advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery include better outcomes, shorter recovery times, lower risks of complication, as well as usually being more cost effective. Often, patients believe the risks of a minimally invasive spine surgery pale in comparison to its advantages and outcomes. This is why they choose the surgical option to begin with. However, it is quite the selection process to make sure a patient can use and benefit from this type of surgery. This includes patient selection and identifying the specific surgical technique that will most benefit them, hopefully, by using an endoscopic approach or using the correct procedure to cure the patient’s problem.

However, it is quite the selection process to make sure a patient can use and benefit from this type of surgery. This includes patient selection and identifying the specific surgical technique that will most benefit them, hopefully, by using an endoscopic approach or using the correct procedure to cure the patient’s problem. The advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery with our spinal doctors in Tampa far outweigh its risks.

Who May Seek Treatment

Generally, younger people only tend to seek spine surgery as an option for severe congenital issues such as scoliosis requiring surgical intervention or for acute injuries like from a car accident or sports injury. Most often, though, younger patients will tend to seek treatment based on acute injury for things such as being in a motor vehicle accident.

Older patients may have some other problems or degenerative issues which, like comorbidities, would cause them to not be able to be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery. Certain disorders may make a patient ineligible for a minimally invasive procedure, they might require a much more invasive and open spinal procedure.

Generally, a patient that is eligible for minimally invasive spine surgery can be of any age but is generally healthy with a  specific pathology causing symptoms and that needs to be addressed by a minimally invasive option.

Important Factors to Consider

It is important to consider this type of surgery if it is an option for the patient. Every patient deserves to have the most information possible, including the advantages and risks of minimally invasive spine surgeon so they can make an informed decision about their treatment and their care. It is also important to realize that not all back and spine doctors perform minimally invasive spine surgery. They may not perform a minimally invasive option at all.

You certainly have surgeons that are more skilled and trained specifically in reconstructive spinal surgery and you have surgeons who are trained in minimally invasive spine surgery only. While there are few physicians that offer both open and minimally invasive surgery, our Tampa spine surgeons do.