It’s hard to believe that not too long ago, spine surgery was typically performed via a long incision that allowed doctors to work with large, heavy-duty instruments and tools in and around the spine. This technique often resulted in a lengthy and often difficult healing period. But fortunately for today's spine patients, that’s no longer the norm.
We live in a time of surgical innovation where minimally invasive procedures are being performed around the globe, including at AdventHealth. These advanced procedures benefit the patient, as well as the operating team and hospital, due to their greater potential for optimal outcomes.
We’re here with our expert, neurosurgeon Jesna Sublett, MD, to let you in on four noteworthy facts about minimally invasive spine surgery that you may not know.
Smaller Surgery Site
State-of-the-art technology allows doctors to pinpoint exactly where the injury or affected area is located, in the spine, before any incisions are made. “We’re able to make a few small incisions to access the surgery site without causing as much collateral damage to the surrounding bones or tissue. In turn, this smaller operating field results in a faster healing process,” says Dr. Sublett.
A Shorter Recovery Period
Small incisions and less invasive procedures can mean that most patients are able to leave the hospital on the day of surgery or stay in the hospital for a lot less time after their surgery. They can get back on their feet sooner because the incision doesn’t hurt as much. “Staying active while healing is very important to the healing process, and minimally invasive procedures can allow patients to get moving sooner,” encourages Dr. Sublett.
Lower Risk of Complications
By doing the same work through smaller incisions, the risk of postoperative complications is significantly lower. The chances of excessive blood loss and wound infections, as well as the possibility of wound breakdown are dramatically lower when compared to traditional open surgery.
Dr. Sublett explains more: “This means spending less time trying to fix complications after surgery, and more time getting the job done right. Lower risk of returning to the operating room can translate to less cost to you, your insurance, as well as the hospital where the procedure is performed.”
Potentially Better Results
Of course, the ultimate goal of minimally invasive spine surgery techniques is to increase the patient’s ability to return to a healthy and active lifestyle. According to Dr. Sublett, “Thanks to the huge strides made in this field by experts, more patients today are achieving their post-surgical goals with regard to long-term pain relief and functionality.”
While minimally invasive spine surgery procedures are on the rise, they require a specific skill set that can take years to master. The spine experts at AdventHealth are dedicated to improving patient outcomes through less invasive procedures and the development of state-of-the-art surgical tools and techniques. The world of spine health is rapidly evolving, and our experts are at the forefront of this movement.
Schedule an Appointment
At AdventHealth, we offer dozens of spine care options, from physical therapy and rehab to minimally invasive spine procedures. Dr. Sublett can help you find the treatment that’s best for you. Schedule an appointment with her today.