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4 Facts About Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

POSTED BY: Florida Hospital

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, difficult healing period. But fortunately for today’s spine patients, it’s no longer the norm.

We live in a time of surgical innovation where minimally invasive procedures are being performed around the globe by experts like Dr. Chetan Patel. These advanced procedures benefit the patient as well as the operating team and hospital due to their greater efficiencies and potential for optimal outcomes. Here are four quick facts about minimally invasive surgery that you may not know.

1. 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.Thoroughly trained doctors like Dr. Patel are 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 in…

2. 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. This means spending less time trying to locate the problem, and more time getting the job done. In turn, 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. It can also lead to…

3. 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. It all adds up to…

4. Potentially better outcomes. Of course, the ultimate goal of minimally invasive techniques is to increase the patient’s ability to return to a healthy and active lifestyle. Thanks to the huge strides being made in this field by experts like Dr. Patel, 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. Dr. Patel has dedicated his career to helping improve 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 Dr. Patel is at the forefront of this movement.