It’s hard to believe that not too long ago, spine surgery was typically performed via a long incision that allowed doctors to introduce large, heavy-duty instruments and tools. This technique often resulted in extensive time spent in the operating room followed by 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 AdventHealth. These advanced procedures benefit the patient, as well as the operating team and hospital, due to their greater efficiencies and 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 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 damaging surrounding bones or tissue. In turn, this smaller operating field results a faster process,” says Dr. Sublett.
Less Time Spent in Surgery
By pinpointing the injured area and getting a good idea of what they will encounter before making any incisions, doctors are able to focus primarily on the procedure at hand. Dr. Sublett explains more: “This means spending less time trying to locate the problem, and more time getting the job done. Less time spent in the operating room can translate to less cost to you, your insurance and the hospital where the procedure is being performed.”
A Shorter Recovery Period
Small incisions and less invasive procedures can mean that most patients are able to stay in the hospital for less time after their surgery and get back on their feet sooner. “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.
Potentially Better Results
Of course, the ultimate goal of minimally invasive 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 being 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 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 pain management to minimally invasive spinal procedures. Dr. Sublett can help you find the treatment that’s best for you. Schedule an appointment with her today.