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If you are suffering from back, neck, or spine pain and are in need of surgery, minimally invasive surgery may be an option you should consider. Minimally invasive spinal surgeries offer many benefits, such as shorter recovery times, smaller incisions, fewer complications, and less muscle invasion.
These benefits are achieved because instead of making a large incision and moving aside muscles and soft tissues to see the spine, smaller incisions are made, and a small surgical tool is inserted to access the affected area. In an open spine surgery, the incision is typically five to six inches long, while in a minimally invasive surgery, the incision or incisions are much smaller.
Many different procedures can be done using a minimally invasive approach, including fusions, disc replacements, and spinal decompression surgeries, such as laminectomy, discectomy, and foraminotomy.
Minimally invasive spinal procedures have the following benefits:
- Smaller scars
- Fewer complications
- Less muscle intrusion
- Faster recovery time