Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
Minimally invasive spinal surgery does not apply to any one particular type of surgery. The goal of this type of spinal surgery is to achieve the same effect as with traditional surgery, but to do so through small incisions. This also involves less trauma to muscles. Surgery is sometimes done through small tubes. There are minimally invasive techniques for several spinal surgeries, including discectomy and fusion. However, this method cannot be applied to all patients. Often, a minimally invasive method of placing pedicle screws and rods is combined with a traditional fusion.
Conditions Treated With Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery techniques include a variety of different surgery types and are sometimes used in conjunction with other spinal surgery procedures to treat spondylolisthesis, herniated disc, degenerated disc and possibly other conditions.