At Coastal Spine we’re using more and more minimally invasive spine surgery for our patients. This method of surgery involves smaller incisions, which reduces the tissue damage beneath the skin, without reducing the quality of the end result in any way.
What is minimally invasive spine surgery?
In minimally invasive surgery, our team typically uses specially designed instruments that allow great visualization of the surgical field. In most cases, these are called tubular retractors. These allow us to make a small incision on the surface yet visualize a far larger area beneath that incision.
What are some techniques?
The field of minimally invasive surgery is growing rapidly with new techniques and procedures being introduced. Our three spine surgeons, Dr. Deutsch, Dr. Momi, and Dr. Testaiuti, understand the obvious benefits associated with this type of surgery, so they are constantly staying abreast of the latest training and certification for these techniques.
The newest techniques involve two areas: fusion of two vertebrae and expanding endoscopic procedures. Endoscopes allow us to make very small incisions to insert the endoscope (a tiny device with a small video camera in the end), yet we can still see everything we need at the surgery site.
Benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery
The benefits of this type of surgery don’t come in the end result — minimally invasive surgery doesn’t present any long-term improvements in results over traditional open surgery — but they come in the short term. Minimally invasive surgery makes smaller scars and causes less damage to surrounding tissues beneath the skin. This means less pain and blood loss, and easier recovery. Standard open surgery can also have higher morbidity rates due to complications.
Can everyone have this type of surgery?
Unfortunately, not everyone is eligible for minimally invasive surgical options. During your consultation with your Coastal Spine surgeon, we’ll discuss your options. Generally, these two groups are not candidates for this type of surgery:
- Those with unstable medical conditions that may lead to a higher risk of complications
- Those who have had prior spinal surgery in the same location
At Coastal Spine, we take immense pride in staying on the forefront of techniques such as minimally invasive spine surgery. Call us at (856) 222-4444 with any questions or to make an appointment at any of our four New Jersey locations.