Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery for joint and spine conditions refers to surgical procedures that use advanced techniques, specialized instruments, and small incisions to address a variety of musculoskeletal problems. These procedures are designed to minimize damage to surrounding tissues, decrease postoperative pain, and reduce scarring, resulting in a faster recovery and shorter hospital stays compared to traditional open surgeries. 

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Treated Conditions

  • Herniated discs: A herniated disc occurs when the soft, gel-like material inside a spinal disc pushes through the outer layer, potentially irritating or compressing nearby nerves. Minimally invasive surgery for herniated discs often involves techniques like microdiscectomy or endoscopic discectomy, where the surgeon removes the protruding disc material through small incisions. These procedures help relieve nerve compression and reduce pain while minimizing disruption to the surrounding tissues, resulting in shorter recovery times. 
  • Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal that compresses nerves and can cause pain, numbness, or weakness. Minimally invasive surgery for spinal stenosis may involve a laminectomy or foraminotomy, where the surgeon removes bone or ligament tissue to create more space for the nerves. By using small incisions and specialized instruments, these procedures reduce tissue damage and promote faster recovery compared to traditional open surgeries. 
  • Spinal fractures: Minimally invasive surgery can help treat spinal fractures by stabilizing the affected vertebrae with techniques like vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty. These procedures involve injecting bone cement into the fractured vertebra through small incisions, providing pain relief and restoring stability to the spine. Minimally invasive surgery for spinal fractures can result in reduced pain, shorter hospital stays, and quicker return to daily activities. 
  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown of cartilage, leading to joint pain and stiffness. Minimally invasive surgery for osteoarthritis can include arthroscopic procedures to remove damaged cartilage, debride joint surfaces, or repair torn ligaments. These techniques involve small incisions and specialized instruments, resulting in less tissue damage, reduced pain, and faster recovery. 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes chronic inflammation in the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and joint damage. Minimally invasive surgery can help manage rheumatoid arthritis by removing inflamed joint lining (synovectomy) or fusing unstable joints (arthrodesis) through arthroscopic or other minimally invasive techniques. These procedures can alleviate pain, improve joint function, and slow the progression of joint damage while minimizing recovery times and postoperative complications. 
  • Degenerative disc disease: This condition occurs when spinal discs lose hydration and become less effective as shock absorbers, potentially leading to pain and nerve compression. Minimally invasive procedures like endoscopic discectomy or artificial disc replacement can address these issues with smaller incisions and faster recovery times compared to traditional open surgeries. 
  • Rotator cuff tears: A rotator cuff tear is a common shoulder injury that can cause pain and weakness. Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is a minimally invasive procedure that can repair the torn tendon through small incisions, reducing recovery time and postoperative pain. 
  • Meniscus tears: Meniscus tears are injuries to the knee’s shock-absorbing cartilage. Arthroscopic meniscus repair or partial meniscectomy can address these injuries with minimal tissue disruption and quicker return to normal activities. 

Why Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers?

At Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers, we recognize the difficulties associated with enduring pain and provide our patients with the expertise of a specialized medical team, customized treatment plans, and an array of minimally invasive therapeutic options. Our comprehensive approach guarantees that we tackle the physical, emotional, and social facets of pain management, while our emphasis on patient education enables individuals to gain a better understanding of their condition and self-care techniques. We invite you to consult with us to explore our minimally invasive surgery alternatives and make well-informed decisions regarding your treatment.

Minimally Invasive Surgery FAQ

Minimally invasive surgery offers several benefits compared to traditional open surgery, including: 

  • Smaller incisions: Minimally invasive procedures typically require smaller incisions, which reduces tissue damage and scarring. 
  • Reduced pain: Due to less tissue disruption, patients often experience less postoperative pain and require fewer pain medications. 
  • Faster recovery: Smaller incisions and reduced tissue damage lead to quicker healing, allowing patients to return to their daily activities and work sooner. 
  • Shorter hospital stays: Many minimally invasive surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis or require a shorter hospital stay compared to open surgery. 
  • Lower risk of complications: Minimally invasive procedures generally have a lower risk of complications, such as infections or blood clots, due to reduced tissue trauma and shorter hospital stays. 
  • Enhanced precision: Minimally invasive surgery often involves the use of advanced imaging techniques and specialized instruments, allowing for more precise surgical procedures and potentially better outcomes. 

Minimally invasive surgery differs from traditional open surgery in several key aspects: 

  • Incision size: Minimally invasive surgery typically involves smaller incisions compared to traditional surgery, which often requires larger incisions to access the target area. Smaller incisions lead to reduced tissue damage and scarring. 
  • Surgical techniques: Minimally invasive surgery often employs advanced technology, such as endoscopes, laparoscopes, or robotic-assisted systems, to access the treatment area with greater precision. Traditional surgery generally relies on direct visualization and manual manipulation of tissues. 
  • Recovery time: Minimally invasive procedures generally result in faster recovery times due to less tissue trauma and reduced postoperative pain. Patients can often return to their daily activities more quickly than after traditional surgery. 
  • Hospital stay: Many minimally invasive surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis or require shorter hospital stays, while traditional surgery often necessitates longer hospitalization for monitoring and recovery. 
  • Pain management: Minimally invasive surgery usually causes less postoperative pain, which may reduce the need for pain medications and allow for a more comfortable recovery. 

The recovery time following minimally invasive surgery varies depending on several factors, including the type of procedure, the patient’s overall health, the complexity of the surgery, and the individual’s healing ability. In general, minimally invasive surgery is associated with faster recovery times compared to traditional surgery.

It is crucial to follow your doctor’s postoperative instructions and recommendations for activity limitations, pain management, and wound care during recovery. Additionally, participating in physical therapy or rehabilitation programs, if prescribed, can help optimize recovery and restore function more quickly.

While minimally invasive surgery typically results in smaller scars compared to traditional open surgery, some scarring may still occur. The size and visibility of the scars depend on the size and location of the incisions, the specific surgical procedure, and the patient’s healing process.

Genetics, age, skin tone and type can also affect scar appearance and healing. It is important to follow your doctor’s postoperative instructions for wound care and any recommended scar treatments, such as silicone gel sheets or scar creams, to optimize scar healing and minimize visibility.