Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Neurosurgical Specialists of West County

Neurosurgeons located in Saint Louis, MO

If you need back surgery but are worried about a long recovery, you might be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery. The skilled surgeons at Neurosurgical Specialists of West County in St. Louis offer this procedure, which uses specialized instruments and microdissection techniques that require small skin incisions — resulting in less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and a more speedy recovery. To see if the surgery is right for you, call the office today.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a less invasive type of spine surgery with many advantages over traditional open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery uses smaller incisions and typically requires less trauma to the muscles and ligaments around your spine.

Minimally invasive spine surgery offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Less surgical trauma
  • Faster recovery
  • Reduced scarring
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Less bleeding
  • Shorter hospital stays

With minimally invasive spine surgery, you generally experience less pain, minimizing your reliance on pain medication after the procedure.

What can minimally invasive spine surgery treat?

Your surgeon at Neurosurgical Specialists of West County recommends minimally invasive techniques for a variety of spinal conditions. Examples include:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Foraminal stenosis
  • Cervical and lumbar radiculopathy
  • Cervical and lumbar spondylosis
  • Foot drop
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal infection
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spinal trauma

Ask your surgeon at Neurosurgical Specialists of West County to learn more about minimally invasive spine surgery.

What happens during minimally invasive spine surgery?

Your surgeon makes a small incision through your skin and soft tissues and inserts a series of tubes to create a channel to your spine. They remove all but one tube and use a microscope to see your spine and perform the surgery under a microscope or endoscope. The surgical instruments all go through the same tiny incision.

Once the procedure is done, your surgeon removes the tube, and your skin closes over the opening. They usually close your incision with an absorbable suture on the inside and surgical glue on your skin.

Is minimally invasive spine surgery right for me?

Your surgeon at Neurosurgical Specialists of West County determines whether the surgery might be right for your type of spinal condition. In some instances, traditional surgery may be a better option. They walk you through the benefits and risks so you can make the best decision. 

If you’d like to avoid the side effects and downtime that come with traditional open spinal surgery, find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery. Call Neurosurgical Specialists of West County today.