The days of lengthy hospital stays, large surgical incisions, and difficult recoveries are coming to an end. Rather than undergoing traditional invasive surgical procedures, patients living with chronic back pain, sciatica, and herniated discs often have an alternative option: minimally invasive surgery.
From spinal disc and nerve decompression to cervical and lumbar radiofrequency, cutting-edge minimally invasive procedures have helped countless patients find relief. Here are the top four benefits of choosing minimally invasive surgery at the Spine & Joint Center.
- Lower risk of complications
When you’re trying to overcome the pain and discomfort of joint or spinal issues, the last thing you want to worry about is a new health issue. Minimally invasive surgery decreases the risk of complications because these procedures use smaller incisions which cause less trauma.
With less damage to surrounding tissues, reduced blood loss, and a lower risk of infection, you’re less likely to face difficulties during surgery and recovery.
- Shorter hospital stays
No one likes spending lots of time in the hospital. While traditional surgery usually requires a lengthy hospital stay, minimally invasive procedures can sometimes allow you to return home the same day. This means you can recover in comfort in a space that’s familiar to you, surrounded by the people you love—rather than in a hospital ward.
- Quicker recovery times
After any surgical procedure, it’s best to take it easy for a little while. But a long recovery period can make it tough to keep up with your job, raise your kids, or even do the things you love. With traditional invasive surgeries, your recovery time might keep you out of commission for six to eight weeks. But with minimally invasive surgery, that recovery period drops to around two weeks—so you’ll be back to your normal routine before you know it.
- Less pain and scarring
Since minimally invasive surgery requires smaller incisions, there’s less potential for pain. That’s because the surgery will affect a smaller area of your body, so your discomfort will usually be limited to that area.
The use of smaller incisions also means that you’ll have little to no scarring after your procedure. Many minimally invasive procedures use tiny cuts that require only a few small stitches. Compared to the long, often sensitive scars left after highly invasive surgeries, this is a huge benefit.
At the Spine & Joint Center, we specialize in minimally invasive surgeries that have helped many patients find long-lasting relief from pain. This includes spinal disc and nerve decompression, cervical and lumbar radiofrequency, spinal epiduroscopy, and endoscopic rhizotomy. To find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you, contact us today.