Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Receiving minimally invasive spine surgery in Houston offers an elevated experience that’s unparalleled in the industry. Our spine specialists uphold high standards and are able to achieve the same results as with traditional surgery, but with small incisions. As a result, this produces less damage to your muscles and a shorter recovery period. Minimally invasive spine surgery is often performed through small tubes. There are minimally invasive techniques for several spinal surgeries, including discectomy and spinal fusions.
Conditions Treated With Minimally Invasive Spine 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 discs and possibly other conditions. Our procedures include:
- Minimally Invasive Laminectomy
- Minimally Invasive Cervical Fusion
- Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion
- Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac (SI) Fusion
What to Expect Before Spinal Surgery
Once you have decided to have spinal surgery, the following events take place:
- A medical examination.
- Chest x-ray, EKG and blood work.
- You may be asked to have a neurological or psychological examination.
- If taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications daily, stop these medications at least one week before surgery.
- If you take prescription medications or other drugs (including herbals) ask your doctor how soon before surgery you should stop taking these.
- Do not have anything to eat or drink for 6 to 8 hours before surgery.
- You will check into the surgery center or hospital on the morning of surgery.
- Prior to surgery, you will be asked to sign permits for surgery, anesthesia, blood and blood products.
What to Expect After Spinal Surgery
- You will be in the recovery room from 1 to 1½ hours.
- The surgeon will contact your family while you are in recovery.
- After going to a hospital room, you will be able to use a PCA pump to get medication for pain control. This machine controls the amount of medication that can be received.
- Staff will usually get you out of bed shortly after surgery.
- The hospital stay is usually 1-3 days (tends to be 1-2 days if only a minimally invasive procedure is done).
- A brace or corset may be prescribed.
- You will be given any needed prescriptions and discharge instructions.
- A set of exercises that you can do at home will be provided.
- You will be able to ride in a car or plane upon leaving the hospital.
- Physical therapy is usually initiated after the first office visit with your doctor following surgery.
Recovery from minimally invasive spine surgery in Houston varies among patients and is dependent on the exact type of spinal surgery as well as the age and health of the individual. The time to return to work also varies greatly among patients and is related to overall health and the type of work you do.