Spine Surgery Q&A
What is minimally invasive spinal surgery?
Many spinal surgeries use a long incision, 5-6 inches in length. This traditional approach is called open surgery. It’s so your doctor can see more of the anatomy in the area during your procedure. At NEXGEN Orthopedics, Dr. Lloydine Jacobs is an expert in minimally invasive spinal surgery and laser techniques.
Unlike open spine surgery, minimally invasive spinal surgery uses small incisions and tiny instruments or a laser to avoid causing significant damage at the surgical site. This approach is possible because Dr. Lloydine Jacobs uses a small camera to guide the surgical procedure.
Dr. Lloydine Jacobs can recommend minimally invasive spinal surgery when your neck, back, or joint pain hasn’t responded to more conservative treatments.
What advantages does minimally invasive spinal surgery provide?
Minimally invasive spinal surgery offers numerous advantages compared to traditional, open procedures, including:
- Faster recovery times and less pain
- Less blood loss
- Reduced risks of scarring and infection
- Shorter hospital stays
Having minimally invasive spinal surgery also reduces your chances of complications and nerve damage.
Are there different types of minimally invasive spinal surgery?
Dr. Lloydine Jacobs performs numerous minimally invasive spinal surgery procedures. Some of the more common types include:
- Discectomy: relieves pressure on spinal nerves
- Foraminotomy: treats compressed nerve roots
- Kyphoplasty: addresses compression fractures
- Spinal fusion: bonds painful vertebrae together to reduce movement
For men and women suffering from the pain of spinal compression, or spinal stenosis, Dr. Lloydine Jacobs also offers minimally invasive laminectomy.
What is minimally invasive laminectomy?
A minimally invasive laminectomy focuses on relieving pressure within your spinal canal on your spinal cord and nerves in your central spine. A herniated disc usually causes this type of pain.
When you have a herniated disc, the soft filling of your disc bulges out or completely leaves the disc. This material then presses on nerves in the area. You might also need a laminectomy if you have an excess of bone in your spinal canal. This condition is known as bone spurs and can lead to intense pain.
With a minimally invasive laminectomy, Dr. Lloydine Jacobs can remove any material applying pressure to reduce your back pain.