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Understanding Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Are You a Candidate?

Back pain is a prevalent medical issue in the United States, often causing significant debilitation for those affected. Dr. Fischer, a spine surgeon at the NYU langone center, highlights the impact of back pain on patients’ lives and the transformative potential of minimally invasive spine surgery.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Traditional spine surgeries typically involve large open incisions, leading to substantial blood loss, extended hospital stays, and significant post-operative pain. However, the paradigm is shifting towards minimally invasive techniques, which offer comparable surgical outcomes with several advantages:

  • Reduced Tissue Disruption: Smaller incisions result in less disruption to surrounding soft tissues.
  • Less Post-operative Pain: Patients often experience reduced post-operative pain compared to open surgery.
  • Shorter Hospital Stays: Minimally invasive procedures are associated with shorter hospital stays.

Advancements in Minimally Invasive Techniques

Dr. Fischer and his colleagues are dedicated to staying at the forefront of minimally invasive spine procedures, continually seeking innovative approaches to enhance patient outcomes.

  • Traditional Minimally Invasive Surgery: Typically involves incisions less than an inch in length, commonly performed in the low back region.
  • Endoscopic Surgery: A cutting-edge approach utilizing a scope, akin to those used in shoulder or knee scopes. This technique allows for precise visualization, enabling the removal of disc herniations, bone spurs, and other spinal ailments.

Are You a Candidate?

Minimally invasive spine surgery may be suitable for individuals experiencing:

  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Nerve Pain

Dr. Fischer emphasizes the goal of minimizing tissue damage and promoting faster recovery, enabling patients to regain function and return to their daily activities with reduced pain and discomfort.

If you’re suffering from debilitating back pain or nerve issues, consider exploring minimally invasive spine surgery as a potential treatment option. Contact the NYU langone center to learn more about your candidacy and available treatment modalities.