Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Spine Institute Northwest performs minimally invasive endoscopically assisted spine surgeries, which benefits patients in several important ways:
- Fast recovery with less post operative pain
- Same day, outpatient procedures
- Smaller incisions with minimal bleeding
What are the Types of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Spine Institute Northwest specializes in the following types of endoscopic surgery:
Endoscopically assisted spinal decompression surgery aims to treat stenosis of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine regions that has been identified to cause numbness, weakness or pain in the arms or legs.
Facet joints of the spine and intervertebral disc can become worn, causing low back pain, numbness, and weakness. Our surgeons perform minimally invasive endoscopic facet fixation and interbody fusion by joining facet joints together to prevent constant irritation caused by movement of these joints and, if needed, insert interbody implant to re-expend the disc space, allowing space for spinal cord and nerves.
Endoscopically assisted nerve excision is done to target cervical, thoracic, lumbar, or sacral regions of spine caused by damaged or worn facet joints. This minimally invasive surgical technique is performed to “interrupt” pain signals of the nerve without impacting motor functions.
ACDF surgery is done to treat nerve root or spinal cord compression in the cervical spine that may cause pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling. The procedure is performed via small incision in the front of the neck to ‘decompress’, or to remove degenerative disc and associated tissue that are pressing on the spinal nerves and the spinal cord. This is then followed by inserting an interbody implant and plate to stabilize the corresponding vertebrae.
These minimally invasive spine surgery procedures treat vertebral compression fractures of the spine, which are often caused by osteoporosis or acute injury. Quick hardening, medical-grade acrylic cement can be injected into the vertebra at the site of the fracture, sealing it and stabilizing the cracked vertebra.
For those suffering from lumbar stenosis who are concerned about possible loss of mobility from fusion surgery, the Coflex implant offers another option. Following a decompression procedure, this small, flexible titanium implant can be inserted in the back of the spine in between spinous processes and the lamina to hold open the space around the nerves and stabilize the spine.