There are all types of different conditions you might suffer from, which may lead you to wonder whether invasive spine surgery is the best decision. If you are in constant pain and discomfort, have problems performing daily tasks, or find your mobility is limited, then you might be a good candidate for minimally invasive spinal surgery.
Keep in mind, invasive surgery and traditional surgery procedures should only be considered after exhausting other forms of treatments. If you have tried various medications, physical therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatments, and others without much success, then the next step would be to consult with a Weill Cornell Medicine: Comprehensive Spine physician to discuss if minimally invasive spine surgery would be your best option.
One of the primary benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery is that the techniques used frequently make it possible to avoid fusion of the spine. Instead, the spine is decompressed without the need to insert rods and screws. Furthermore, these techniques make it possible to successfully treat patients who were not surgical candidates in the past.
A detailed examination does need to be performed to determine your surgical risks. In some cases, minimally invasive surgery is not always an option, so traditional surgery would need to be considered instead. In the event traditional surgery is necessary, the most modern and cutting-edge technologies, such as GPS-type technology, navigation, and microsurgery techniques, can be used to make this more efficient and safer for the patient.
To learn more about whether minimally invasive spine surgery is the right choice for you, please feel free to continue reviewing the following infographic.