Recent developments in medical technology and surgical procedures in have transformed the way that experienced spine surgeons treat spine conditions and injuries. Minimally invasive procedures are now used to treat many conditions that once required more complicated, open surgery procedures.
At Los Angeles Spine Group, Dr. Sanjay Khurana is experienced in all forms of spinal surgery, providing his patients with innovative and effective treatment options that reduce recovery time and increase overall results. To learn more about the exciting procedures offered at our center, please contact us by calling 310.574.0400 today.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery can hold significant advantages for patients over traditional surgery. Some of the main benefits of minimally invasive procedures include the following:
- Smaller incisions
- Less trauma and blood loss
- Faster recovery over traditional surgery
- Shorter hospital stays
- Less pain and scarring
How Does Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Work?
With a minimally invasive surgical procedure, s surgeon makes a series of small incisions (as opposed to the larger incisions typical of open surgery). Smaller incisions allow for less scarring and blood loss in patients, and typically require just a handful of stitches.
Although minimally invasive spinal surgery has many benefits over traditional surgery, not everyone is a candidate for this procedure. Certain conditions, such as age, weight, prescriptions, and pre-existing medical conditions, may prevent a spine surgeon from recommending minimally invasive spine surgery. To help determine if a patient is a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Khurana may ask patients to perform a physical exam or undergo diagnostic tests, or inquire about their previous medical history. This information can help Dr. Khurana determine if minimally invasive spine surgery is right for each patient, or if they would better benefit from traditional surgery.
Conditions Treated With Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Degenerative disc disease
- Disc herniation
- Spinal stenosis
- Scoliosis and spinal deformity
- Spinal instability
- Spine trauma
- Spinal tumors
Robotic Surgery Techniques
The development of robotic surgical tools is helping to revolutionize the field of spine surgery. The Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System increases accuracy and precision by guiding surgeons with 3-D enhanced visuals. Surgeons can now use a patient’s CT scan to create a blueprint to use during surgery. The result is a surgical procedure that is safer, faster, and less invasive than traditional “open” spine surgery.