Spine surgery refers to surgical procedures performed on the spine to treat various conditions or injuries that affect the spinal column, including the vertebrae, discs, nerves, and surrounding tissues. The aim of spine surgery is to alleviate pain, restore spinal stability, and improve function and mobility.
The most common spine surgery procedures include:
Spine surgery is typically performed by a spine surgeon, who is a specialized orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon with additional training in diagnosing and treating spinal conditions. These surgeons have expertise in both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for spine-related disorders.
Cervical spine surgery refers to surgical procedures specifically performed on the cervical spine, which is the upper portion of the spine located in the neck region. It aims to address conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, cervical fractures, spinal deformities, or spinal instability affecting the neck area.
Minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgery is an advanced surgical technique that uses specialized instruments and smaller incisions to access and treat spinal conditions. It aims to minimize damage to surrounding muscles and tissues, reduce postoperative pain, speed up recovery, and minimize scarring compared to traditional open surgery.
Generally, individuals who may be considered candidates for minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgery include:
The suitability for minimally invasive spine surgery is determined on a case-by-case basis. A thorough evaluation by a qualified spine surgeon is necessary to assess the specific condition, medical history, and individual factors to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for MIS surgery.
Many facilities report an 80-90% success rate of a minimally invasive spine surgery. Success is typically measured by pain reduction, improved function, and patient satisfaction.
The recovery time after spine surgery depends on the type of surgery performed, the condition being treated, your overall health, and healing capabilities. Here are some common spine surgery procedures along with general estimates of recovery times:
Remember, recovery times vary based on your overall health, age, and adherence to postoperative instructions. The surgeon will provide more specific information regarding the expected recovery time based on your circumstances and the specific procedure performed.
After spine surgery, make sure to follow the specific instructions provided by your surgeon. In general, you may be advised to sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees or on your side with a pillow between your legs for proper spinal alignment. Avoid sleeping on your stomach as it can strain the spine. Your surgeon will provide personalized recommendations based on your specific procedure and condition.