Many spinal problems that once required major invasive surgery may now be treated with minimally invasive procedures. MIS, or minimally invasive surgery, is available for a variety of spinal conditions, such as herniated discs, scoliosis, kyphosis, spinal stenosis, tumors, and spinal column injuries. One of the keys to successful MIS treatment is finding a surgeon who is skilled and experienced in providing this technology and effectively using the innovative tools associated with it. You can find this level of care with Dr. Fischer at NYU Langone Center For Musculoskeletal Care in New York City.
There are a number of reasons that patients are attracted to MIS over traditional open spinal surgery. The smaller incisions and specialized instruments allow the surgeon to correct the spinal problem without negatively impacting surrounding muscles and tissues. This is beneficial because patients recover more quickly and with less pain than traditional surgery that has a greater risk of muscle damage. MIS also involves less blood loss and lower infection risks, allowing shorter hospital stays and quicker return to normal activities. MIS is appealing to patients of all ages, and has shown to make surgery possible for older patients who were not good candidates for open surgery.
Surgeons who perform MIS should be highly skilled in the procedure. The small incisions mean the work-space is more cramped and the spine may be harder to access. That’s why the specialized instruments and tools are imperative, allowing the surgeon to work through the narrow tunnels and tubes to reach the damaged spinal area and perform the tasks necessary to repair the damage.
Employing the latest technological advances, MIS surgeons like Dr. Fischer are able to achieve the desired results that once involved large incisions and long recovery times. In fact, traditional spinal surgeries may require hospital stays up to two weeks, while MIS can reduce the stay to only a couple of days. Patients can even return to non-strenuous activities in days to weeks, sometimes having to remember not to do too much too fast because they feel so much better than before the MIS procedure.
Dr. Fischer at NYU Langone Center For Musculoskeletal Care evaluates each patient to determine the ideal treatment plan. If more conservative approaches have not given the desired amount of relief, surgery may be the answer and MIS may be recommended as the best option for increasing the patient’s mobility and improving quality of life.